Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round

Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round

One of the best ways to cast on stitches for 1×1 or 2×2 ribbing is to use the long tail tubular (also known as Italian) cast on. It is the type of cast on that forms a lovely edge looking like columns of stitches flowing from one side of the work to the other.

We’ve already discussed how to make it when we cast on stitches for a project worked back and forth. But what to do when we want to use this type of cast on to start top-down socks, mittens, a hat, a neckline of a sweater or any other project that is worked in the round.

Technically, it is possible to join stitches for working in the round right after we cast them on using the long tail tubular cast on. I did it a few times and I can say that it is doable.

But, it is an extremely tedious task with a high risk of twisting the cast on edge. There is a much easier way to get the same nice-looking stretchy edge without the pain of moving fragile yarn wraps between needles.

Let’s see how we can do it step by step.

We finish by making two overhand stitches that join the first and last stitches that we cast on,

These two stitches not just close the gap, they completely conceal the spot where the stitches were joined for working in the round. Now no one will ever know that we used the easy way of working long tail tubular cast on in the round.


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

Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round | 10 rows a day
Simple Way to Make Tubular Cast On in the Round | 10 rows a day