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  1. TooTwistedDonna
    Jul 14 - 9:27 am

    Hi Liat, Love your blog!
    I like the longer posts. It gives you all the information in one place so you don’t have to go clicking all over the web.
    You have helped me become a more adventurous knitter!!!


    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 11:11 am

      Thanks Donna! That’s exactly my goal! And thanks for the feedback about the longer posts. Do you mean in your email, or just on my blog in general?

      • Marylouise
        Jul 14 - 10:23 pm

        I like getting the info in the e-mail. I don’t always get to the blog part, but, definitely get to the e-mail part on a daily basis. Thanks for all the posts. I am going to try the Italian Cast On. Part of knitting is trying new ideas/techniques. Makes things fun!!

  2. kay
    Jul 14 - 9:35 am

    like it , thanks!

  3. janel
    Jul 14 - 9:38 am

    Love this post…and all your adventures and travel, and of course your knitting tips,….thank you for sharing your twist on is always full of wonderful nuggets.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 11:14 am

      Thank you Janel! You make it fun for me to blog about knitting, knowing that you’re enjoying my take on things.

  4. Janet
    Jul 14 - 9:48 am

    Your posts and videos are so clear and make it all look so easy, I’ve tried things that I might otherwise have passed over. I agree with TooTwistedDonna, “You have helped me become a more adventurous knitter.” Thanks.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:58 pm

      Janet, that’s fabulous. Keep trying new things, you will go far!

  5. Diane
    Jul 14 - 10:01 am

    I love learning about new cast ons. This one is a great addition to my bag of tracks and keep up the great work

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:26 pm

      Diana, that reminds me that many readers want to have a whole e-book just of cast-ons. I’ll have to keep filming more and more until I have enough for a nice video-reference ebook. Thanks!

  6. Pat
    Jul 14 - 10:10 am

    I love the way you wrote this post. Thank you for all your tips. I often do one of your ideas at my knitting groups and everyone asks where I learned that. Of course, I tell them and they get very excited and join your blog. Keep enlightening us!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:25 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks so much, Pat! Keep telling your friends about me and I’ll keep giving you my best on this blog. Hugs!

  7. Linda
    Jul 14 - 10:14 am

    I love the blog posts in my gmail and esp. how-to videos, thank you!!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:24 pm

      Linda, that’s fantastic! Good to know.

  8. Marta
    Jul 14 - 10:21 am

    I will definitely try this cast on and will send the information on to my knitting group. Thanks.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:23 pm

      Marta, I so appreciate you sending this on to your knitting group. That really means a lot to me, and it will help me out, too. Happy knitting!

  9. MarieAnge
    Jul 14 - 10:23 am

    I like the longer post. Should have included the written instructions below the video in the email post though! :)
    I like this method better because I can save the email and refer to it as often as I need to.
    Thank you for teaching these great techniques!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:23 pm

      H MarieAnge, another reader said the same thing! Guess you guys are onto something. I will definitely take to heart the part about including the written instructions, so that you’ll have everything saved in your email. Thanks!

  10. Pat
    Jul 14 - 10:54 am

    I love receiving the e-mails with tips and a link to the blog. It allows me to pick and choose what I really want to follow-up with. It is always fun to watch the videos from the link included if it is something I think I might want/need to learn. Keep up the great work!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:21 pm

      Pat, it’s good to know that you like the new “experimental” format. Thanks!

  11. Rebecca
    Jul 14 - 10:56 am

    Thank you so much! Excellent video and explanations. I first learned this cast on from a brioche video, but I found it confusing and hard to understand and remember. Now it makes sense. I think I will use this for many ribbed edges now. Thanks again! And enjoy your travels. :)

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:18 pm

      Hey girl! I’m so glad I could make this cast-on understandable – I think it’s definitely one of the hardest ones I’ve seen. I learned it by looking at illustrations in a book, and I was like, “Can this be right??” But I was determined to make sense of it. Thanks, as always, for your loyal support and comments!

  12. Patricia festino
    Jul 14 - 11:29 am

    Hi Liat,
    Wonderful that you did this video. I was taught this around 30 years ago and it was then called Japanese cast on. The lady took knitting lessons in Japan. There is also a way to do it for a two/two rib. You have to cross some of the stitches.

    Of course, as time went by I had forgotten how to do both of them! Nice to have one of these back.

    Thanks, Pat

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:15 pm

      Hi Pat! Do you think you can remember how to do it for 2×2 rib? Melissa wanted to know in this comment.

  13. Trudy
    Jul 14 - 11:51 am

    Hi Liat,
    I liked how you sent it via email. By going to the email I know I will definetly see it. Otherwise I might forget to just look at the blog. Thanks again for all your informative tips and videos.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:14 pm

      Trudy, the most important thing for me is that you read the email and learn the technique. So if sending it in the email works better for you, I may start doing that.

  14. Carol Yachanin
    Jul 14 - 11:59 am

    I like your videos, they are very easy to learn different tecnics. I also like your newsletter. I’m not a blogger so I do like getting the info. in my email. Thanks for all the tips.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Carol. It sounds like the folks that got the blog post in their email today really liked that format better.

  15. Brenda
    Jul 14 - 12:17 pm

    Very nice, start for ribbing.
    This longer more complete email is just perfect. Now I will stay current instead of marking the email to follow the links later.

    Amazing how clicks count. This email will save me time.
    Thank you

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:12 pm

      Hey, I’m glad I can save you time. It’s really helpful that you came here and commented!

  16. Tamara Densmore
    Jul 14 - 12:23 pm

    Dear Liat,

    I love your videos! Even though I have been knitting for nearly 40 years, I learn new things from your videos very often. You are a wonderful teacher. Keep up the good work! (BTW, love your name!)

    Sincerely, Tamara Densmore

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:11 pm

      Tamara, what a lovely comment. You make my heart happy!

  17. Melissa
    Jul 14 - 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the great video! Can you start any pattern of ribbing this way, by just casting on in the pattern you’re going to use (like K2P2 or K4P2, for example) ?

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:11 pm

      Hmm, I haven’t tried it! Will you try it and let us know? I bet the K2P2 might work…

  18. Mary
    Jul 14 - 12:48 pm

    Thanks for all the videos and links. I have enjoyed seeing your travels and have learned so much. I am learning to make socks but trying each sock on a circular needle. I have learned the hard way not to get variegated yarn in dark colors to hard to see fun fun!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:10 pm

      Mary, I’m glad you’ve got such a great attitude towards learning from your mistakes. You will go far!

  19. Kathy
    Jul 14 - 12:52 pm

    Hi! Liat;
    Love the email format. When short on time it is nice to have everything in one place and if you want more in depth information you can go to the blog. Love to hear about the places you travel to and your take on it. I love your teaching style and have learned so much from you, especially the subtle little tricks to just kick up the basic fare. Please keep up the excellent work, I so look forward to your emails and blog. Thanks for expanding my mind and talents, you rock!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:08 pm

      Kathy, you’re so welcome. This is great feedback. I’m so happy to know that you are learning a lot from the blog and that you like my style. Yay! I will keep working hard on it. Hugs!

  20. Susie Powell
    Jul 14 - 1:08 pm

    Loved this new format.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:07 pm

      Good! Sounds like it was a hit.

  21. Jennifer
    Jul 14 - 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the video! I had a question. I am doing toe up socks and was wondering when I get to the cuff if I can do this? Is it any different? How would I cast off?


  22. Lunou
    Jul 14 - 1:45 pm

    Thank you so much to share this technique! I will try this on my next project.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:04 pm

      Oh good! I hope it comes out great.

  23. Beverly
    Jul 14 - 2:20 pm

    Love the e-mails always! This one with the video and the blog added to it, I especially like — keep up the good work. You are so generous with all of your help and hints.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:04 pm

      Beverly that’s great! I’m glad you commented here to let me know you like getting more of the blog post in your email. Hugs!

  24. Laura Rosario
    Jul 14 - 2:22 pm

    I prefer getting the blog in my e-mail because it allows me to keep it and refer to it whenever I need to. Sometimes is hard to find what I am looking for on the web or I may not always be sure what I am looking for and it is quicker to search my e-mail than a website. Love getting all the knitting tips.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:02 pm

      Thank you Laura! See, this is why I ask my wonderful readers. I didn’t think of that!

  25. Lori M.
    Jul 14 - 2:29 pm

    Hi! I really like getting all of the info in the email instead of a snippet that leads me to a website. I would have loved it if the written instructions were included in the email as well.

    Thanks for all the really great information you share so freely!

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:02 pm

      Lori, that’s great feedback. Thank you!

  26. anne
    Jul 14 - 2:34 pm

    I am looking forward to trying this technique. Thank you for making it so clear and understandable.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 14 - 3:00 pm

      Anne, that’s great! I’m glad you are going to try it.

  27. Denise Lipman
    Jul 14 - 3:10 pm

    Hi Liat,
    Just wanted you to know that I think you are a terrific teacher and I appreciate the information you provide. I always learn better from your videos than any others. Thank you very much!

  28. Elaine
    Jul 14 - 3:14 pm

    I would like to know if you can use this technique to knit a 2 x 2 rib? If so, could you make a video to demonstrate it as well?

  29. Paula Hinerth
    Jul 14 - 4:07 pm

    Hello, Liat…
    Either way…. I just love your videos…keep them coming. I look forward to your emails.

  30. DeeDee
    Jul 14 - 5:05 pm

    I love this cast on but I can’t see where the end of the long tail cast on is when doing these stitches. Thank you.

  31. Frances
    Jul 14 - 8:38 pm

    I like this format! The video included was wonderful. Everything was in one place. Been knitting for over 50 years and keep finding out what I do not know. lol-Keep it up!

  32. Mary Ann Bucklin
    Jul 14 - 9:14 pm

    I prefer the shorter e-mail and the link to be video and blog. That way I can choose what I follow up on and not have to sort through the whole blog info in the e-mail and again on the blog. Love your information and the format you use.

  33. Susannah
    Jul 14 - 11:29 pm


    I absolutely love getting the blog posts in my email, and I hope you never stop doing this. Sometimes when I get busy, I forget to check blogs, but I NEVER forget to check my email.

    I love your posts and save them all for reference. You’re a marvellous teacher, and we’re so lucky to have you! Thanks for all your hard work – it’s very much appreciated.


  34. Marlene
    Jul 14 - 11:57 pm

    The new format is great! Your idea helps people like me (procrastinators-“I’ll come back to it later” – that is) actually follow along on a daily basis! Thanks!

  35. Margaret
    Jul 15 - 2:50 am

    I like this format. I generally use my iPhone so can’t access video but I’ll bookmark and ck it when I get around to opening my computer, something I don’t do unless I have to so appreciate the written description of stitch or in this case CO, as I can try the stitch anyway. I rarely get time to go looking for blogs unless the come to me via email. Thanks.

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 19 - 10:17 am

      Margaret, this is great to know. By the way, all the videos on KNITFreedom also work when you’re on your iPhone. Have you tried it?

  36. Susan
    Jul 15 - 9:20 am

    I love the way you teach! Now I can’t wait to start a new project and try this cast on method – but what do I do with my 3 started projects? :-)

  37. Sandra Taylor
    Jul 15 - 9:35 am

    I don’t go on Facebook but – As usual, Great video Liat, I like that you let us see AND hear your “duh?” comments when you think you make a mistake because when you do make a mistake (which is seldom) you show us how to fix it – Thanks because I make zillions of mistakes – oops – learning mishaps :-). The one thing I did not hear you say and maybe I missed it, was do you use the same amount of tail for this cast on as for a regular long tail cast on or do you need a longer tail?

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 19 - 10:14 am

      Great question – you would use about the same about of yarn as for a long-tail cast-on. I’m glad you like it when I leave in the mistakes – I’m never sure I should, but then, like you said, I get to show everyone that mistakes are NO big deal – even when the camera is rolling!

  38. Wanda
    Jul 15 - 10:35 am

    Hi Liat. Thanks for the new technique. I definately like to receive the emails. I read my emails everyday and sometime I forget to check the blogs for week.
    PS. Love Buenos Aires. Had my honeymoon there. Eventhough is winter trying dulce de leche ice cream at Frido is a must. Villa Angustura in the south is a beautiful place you may want to check. Safe travels.

  39. Donna
    Jul 15 - 12:18 pm

    Here’s my 2¢! I love this method of receiving info from you. Very grateful for the instructions on the Italian Cast-On! Hope you have a great time in Buenos Aires!

  40. Louise
    Jul 15 - 12:35 pm

    I love receiving it this way…………….. Everything in one click :)
    It’s like a visit to a favorite knitting shop… with all of us sitting around sharing… and laughing :)
    How did I ever get along without you before Liat…. HOW?
    You know what… No matter the format, I am eager to receive all mail from you. Like I said, it’s really like being in a knitting shop… with all those wonder selections of yarns surrounding me… along with all those other goodies… buttons, patterns, people…. colors. Yes… this way does help to color my world.
    Hope this will be enjoyed by all.
    Love seeing you Safta playing pingpong…… I had to share that with a few friends.
    Love learning that word… “Safta”… and sharing it with my friends who miss their Safta a lot.
    I do share your blogs…. video clip… and already some of my friends are part of our world…. the world you created for us all. THANKS

    Ciao…. Louise

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 19 - 10:13 am

      Yay!! Louise, I am SO happy that being on my site and getting the emails feels like a knitting shop to you. Yessss! I also know that wonderful, inspiring, colorful experience that you are describing, and I’m so flattered that you get that feeling from our little community at KNITFreedom, and that you tell your friends about it too. Thank you and hugs!

  41. Mary
    Jul 16 - 12:04 am

    Hi, I love the e-mails and all the info you give. I don’t always get to them right away but when I do I enjoys going over everything. The new format is great! Thank you! Look forward to the next one.

  42. tom
    Jul 16 - 2:41 am

    thank you. Your reviews help me learn a lot about knitting. I had 18 hours of brain surgery and had to relearn a lot. Knitting has been a great eye hand coordenation aid for me. I had never heard of magic loop before seeing your workup on it. I had knit one pair of socks on the knitter’s star of death before that. Never again. Now I am enjoying making a pair for my sister. She is 5’11 1/2 ” tall, guess what size her sock is. I’m 6’2″
    and mine is just a little larger than hers. Once again, Liat, Thank You

    • Liat Gat
      Jul 19 - 10:11 am

      Tom, I’m so glad my videos could help you regain your knitting knowledge and show you some new things, too – like how to never use DPNs again! I hope you continue to enjoy the new techniques as I post them.

  43. Barbara Akers
    Jul 16 - 12:31 pm

    I look forward to the daily email from you. Your videos are a real help for me. I have mastered the magic loop and am looking to find a pattern for childrens mittens using it. I do most of my knitting for charity..The cap and mitten sets for little ones are so cute and it is so much fun…..

  44. Mary
    Jul 16 - 12:47 pm

    Love this web site. Keep up the good work. Very thoughtful and enjoy spending time on it. E-mails are fine with me.

  45. fran
    Jul 19 - 11:13 am

    Hi Liat, I really like the Italian cast on and will try it – it looks as if it makes a nice start for ribbing but I may find other uses for it too. I like all the information you send out in whatever form – keep it coming and thank you so much for the sharing!

  46. Mary Pfeffer
    Jul 20 - 11:38 am

    Liat, this is a wonderful video. My mother has sensitive swolen ankles and I will practice and use this to make her socks that don’t squeeze her ankles. Your instructions are always so well instituted and making learning fun and easy.

  47. Maureen
    Jul 22 - 2:41 am

    You are, without a doubt the MOST superlative knitting instructor on the web or anywhere else. I have only been knitting a couple years and was totally self taught until i found you here. You have taught me so many wonderfully fun things, like toe-up socks two at a time.
    Today you have repeated yourself, in more ways than you might realize. Not only did i learn this awesome cast on, i also learned that for all my knitting experience, i have been tensioning the yarn for casting on backwards. LOL go figure. i always wondered why i got extra little loopy things in my long tail cast on. NOW i know.

    i am going to run and go start a chemo cap for a charity that i knit for. I think this cast on will be great as it is stretchy and soft.

    Thanks again for all your hard work to teach us so well.


    • Liat Gat
      Jul 22 - 10:45 am

      Maureen, thank you! You make my heart so happy! And how wonderful that you learned something extra while watching the video that is going to help you in all your projects – not just projects where you use this cast-on. Please post a photo of your chemo cap on the KNITFreedom Facebook page when you are done!

  48. Glana Ricci
    Jul 23 - 2:57 am

    Hi Liat!
    Love your blog, your tips, love everything!
    The new format is great!
    Bacio per te cara!

  49. Ingrid
    Jul 28 - 4:01 pm

    I’m going to try the Italian cast on for my top down socks, fingering weight. Now when casting on for two….I’m assuming I’ll cast on Italian style first half of first sock…then second sock completing the “two rows” then while still working back and forth…move on to the first sock to finish the “two rows.”? I think….I see what happens I guess…the worst that can happen is it doesn’t work.

  50. Linda Park
    Aug 06 - 3:27 am

    Hi Liat, just followed thru from my email to your tutorial. You make it so easy and believe me I haven’t said that to many of my teachers in 60 yrs. Thank you once again for sharing. I always look forward to emails so keep them coming.
    Yours sincerely, Linda

  51. Corry
    Aug 26 - 12:48 pm

    Hi Liat,
    You’re the best :)
    I just turned 60 – but stillmaking plans for as when I grow up LOL- and I have to admit that you’re the one who got me hooked to knitting again.
    not that I’m a daily knitter – it still comes by flares.
    My middle name is impatience, so thin needles are not my friends, although I love the looks of fine knitting.
    Thanks to your continental knitting instruction, magic loop trick, the easy heels in sock knitting, knitting has become fun i.s.o. only one way to create a product.
    (In school I learned to knit on rusty needles with sturdy cotton when I was about 6 years old; my mother was more into crotcheting (faster) but still I educated myself by practising every stitch in the crafts book we had at home. But I did not enjoy the battle with dpn’s – no socks for me!)

    I owe you!
    Care for some artisan soap perhaps? One of my oter passions :D

    keep up the good work!

    Regarding the Italian cast on: Japan wouldn’t be so strange as the originator of this method: both countries are known for their delicacy when it comes to handwork.
    Often things go by names they don’t earn, like a “Dutch” treat, or talking Double Dutch – guess there’s no more doubt about my origin. ;)

  52. Tina
    Sep 27 - 9:04 am

    sob…sob..sob..Tears of joy..after watching your video…Perfect…After three days of searching for a ‘simple’ tubular cast on in the round…feeling like a fool wondering in the dark…I found my guide. I felt like you were in my head answering all my questions before I could voice them. You made it soooo simple and so relevant. You are my knitting savior.

    • Liat Gat
      Sep 29 - 2:14 pm

      Hooray! Well, I’m not happy I made you cry, but I am so happy you found my video. I am always here for you – you won’t be in the dark any more! Hugs :)

  53. Beverley
    May 21 - 4:25 am

    Just stumbled on your website – it’s wonderful, thank you so much for all the ideas.
    Just a question about numbers of rows. As you’ve added two slip stitch rows after the cast on, should I reduce the number of conventional rib rows? My pattern calls for 7 rows of rib and I’m considering just doing 6.

    • Liat Gat
      May 27 - 5:28 pm

      Hi there!

      No, there’s no need to reduce the number of rows. The set-up rows of this cast-on don’t really add to the height of the project – they just create the rounded cast-on edge. I would stick with the normal number of rows first and see how that looks. :)

  54. Glena
    Jun 03 - 8:27 pm

    OH THANK YOU! I consider myself an advanced knitter, but I can’t begin to tell you how many youtube video’s I have sat though trying to learn this. You were able to show me in just a few minutes..Thank you AGAIN!. Now, off I go to undo these and add more tail..I short-sheeted my cast-on row.

  55. granny jac
    Oct 22 - 8:56 am

    Very clear and helpful video. Too bad I didn’t find it BEFORE I cast on my mittens. Just finishing the first one and going to try it for the mate. Just wondering if this will work for a K2P2 rib as well? I would kind of like the mitts to match. Thanks, J

  56. Tara D.
    Apr 06 - 12:10 pm

    Thank you SO much for the helpful post! I just tried your way of doing the italian cast on in the round and it made a HUGE difference, much more manageable. I would recommend uploading your video to YouTube as well so people can find it there. I had tried searching on there a ba-zillion times for “italian cast on in the round” and couldn’t find anything as good as what you have here.

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