Braided Cast On Step by Step

Braided Cast On Step by Step

Let’s take a look at a cast on method that is based on i-cord but forms an edge that looks more like a braid than a cord.

This happens because we reduce the width of the i-cord to two stitches, and this little tweak completely changes the outcome.

Instead of an i-cord, we see a set of braids that decorate every facet of the edge—one braid at the front, one at the back, and one at the bottom of the edge.

This structure makes this edge fully reversible and very neat. It looks great on scarves, blankets, sweaters, cardigans, and all other projects that do not require highly elastic edges.

Here’s how this simple method works step by step.

To make sure none of the stitches forms a hole in the first row of the project, knit or purl each stitch as usual through the front loop.

If the pattern instructions include twisted stitches worked through the back loop, replace those stitches with regular knits and purls as you work the first row.

To make a bind off edge that looks exactly the same as this cast on edge, use the braided bind off method.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #7. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (282 pages!) with this and 37 other tutorials included in the collection.

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Do you prefer to have matching cast on and bind off edges in your projects?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Braided Cast On Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Braided Cast On Step by Step | 10 rows a day
Braided Cast On Step by Step | 10 rows a day