Criss-Cross Cast On Edging

Criss-Cross Cast On Border - Beautiful Edging for Hats, Shawls, Blankets and Sweaters

This tutorial is about a beautiful edging that we make right after we cast on stitches. In just four fairly simple rows we turn a basic cast on into an elaborate picot edge with a line of long twisted stitches above it.

I learned this cast on method from a video suggested by Rita – one of my knitting friends. She forwarded me a link to a video tutorial posted on Nataly Masters YouTube channel. The video is in Russian and Rita asked me to make a tutorial about this fascinating cast on border in English.

As I was looking for the origin of this technique, I found out that this cast on was also explained by an incredibly talented knitter from India on her YouTube channel Knitting Knife Crochet Paradise. That tutorial was posted two days earlier than the video by Nataly Masters, so I assume that it is the original one.

Neither of the videos mentioned the original name of this cast on method. Because it looks like a line of crossed strands, I call it the Criss-Cross Cast On Border.

No matter how we call it, this technique is truly fantastic. It forms a beautiful cast on edge that has a good amount of stretch but also holds its shape well. This makes it perfect for any project – hats, shawls, cuffs and necklines of sweaters, blankets … you name it.

Let’s see how we can make this cast on border step by step.

Now the border is finished and we can work on the main pattern of the project. To highlight the unusual texture of the edging, I made my swatch in stockinette stitch, but it will look lovely with any stitch pattern you decide to use.

Criss-Cross Cast On Border - Beautiful Edging for Hats, Shawls, Blankets and Sweaters

To see how to add this cast on edging to projects worked in the round, click here.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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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

Criss-Cross Cast On Edging | 10 rows a day
Criss-Cross Cast On Edging | 10 rows a day
Criss-Cross Cast On Edging | 10 rows a day