knitting loom Drawstring Cast On
by Crystal Kennedy
The Original Drawstring Cast On was described by The Loom Lady to make her knitted Easter Eggs

There is a Video of the drawstring cast on at Love to Loom

Simplified:

Step 1 
wrap the yarn behind the odd numbered pegs and in front of the even numbered pegs.

Step 2
you are now back at peg 1 - wrap the yarn in front of all the pegs ending at peg 12 (the last peg). This will anchor the yarn so it doesn't fly off before you can knit the other pegs!

Step 3 
Peg 12 will have 2 strands of yarn on it - knit the bottom strand over the top.

Step 4 
repeat step 3 for all even pegs
Drawstring cast on is complete.
Sometimes you might want to make a hat from the top down, but you don't want to sew the cast on row together to create a closed top. Or maybe you want to make stuffed toys, but you need two closed ends for a head or body. One end can be closed by using the gather bind off at the end of  the head or body piece, but what do you do if you don't want to sew the other end shut?

You use the drawstring cast on, which was developed by Brenda Myers. It's quick and easy and will work on any knitting loom with any kind of yarn.

Step 1: Anchor the yarn on the holding peg of your loom. If your loom doesn't have a holding peg, just hold the yarn near the peg you want to start with.

Step 2: Wrap the yarn all the way around the loom. There are no stitches yet, just a single strand of working yarn wrapped around the diameter of the loom on the outside/front of the pegs. (You can also do this with two or more strands of yarn; if you do, be sure to wrap all the strands around the outside of the knitting loom.)

Step 3: Work around the loom to create stitches, starting at the first peg. On all the odd-numbered pegs, flat-stitch. On the even numbered pegs, hold the working yarn aside, and move the strands on the front of the pegs to the inside of the loom. The peg will temporarily be empty. Now, keep the working yarn on the outside of the loom, and flat-stitch the next odd-numbered peg.

In other words, when you finish this step, the even pegs will have yarn on the inside of the loom, and also a wrap on the front or outside of the peg. This is what creates the drawstring effect.

Step 4: When you return to the first peg, the cast on is finished. After you've knit a few rows, you can pull the drawstring closed. To do this, reach inside the loom and grab the yarn tail left before you cast on. Pull upward on the tail to close the drawstring. Then, tie it off to secure it.

If the piece is part of a stuffed toy, run a separate strand of yarn through the stitches when you've finished knitting. This will become your gathering yarn, but do not gather yet. Instead, take the stitches off the pegs; the gathering yarn will hold the piece together. After you've stuffed the piece, simply gather it, tie off the yarn ends securely, and weave in the tails.

The drawstring cast on is extremely useful, and after you've done it a few times, it's one of the fastest loom knitting cast on methods available.

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