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Two-Color Braided Cast On for Knitters

This Two-Color Braided Cast On creates a decorative edge in your knitting. The technique is similar to the basic Long-Tail technique with the slingshot hold, but uses two different yarn colors.

You can create two different edge designs, depending on how you twist the yarn between stitches. You also can make an easy one-color edge without the twist. This knitting tutorial gives written and video help for both right and left-handed knitters. NEW: See my Braided Cast On Web Story for a quick overview of this technique.

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Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

Knitted Swatch of stockinette with the edge in a 2-color braided cast on technique.
Hands holding knitting needle with two different yarn colors cast on.

Video Tutorial of the 2-Color Braided Cast On
Step-by-Step Instructions Right-Handed Knitters

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Find the video Two-Color Braided Cast On for Left-Handed Knitters on my Studio Knit YouTube Channel.


Three Versions of the 2-Color Braided Cast On

Preparation to Cast On

Make a Slip Knot: Begin with a short yarn tail of about 4 inches. Holding both yarn colors, create a Slip Knot and place it on your knitting needle. It does not matter which color is on which side of your needle, as we will be removing the slip knot upon completing our first row of knitting.

Hands casting on two yarn colors onto a knitting needle.

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Slingshot Hold: Hold your yarn with the slingshot method.
Right-Handed knitters hold the needle with your right hand and slingshot with your left.
Left-Handed knitters hold the needle with your left hand and slingshot with your right.

Yarn A is in the front (example is orange), wrapped around your thumb. Yarn B is in the back (example is blue), wrapped around your index finger.

I like to hold my knitting needle with the short yarn tail held along the knitting needle edge, as pictured.

Hands holding one knitting needle with two yarn colors in the slingshot hold.

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Version 1: Braided Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Twist Yarn Colors

RIGHT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a counterclockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your left hand. Yarn A twists over Yarn B.

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a clockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your right hand. Yarn A twists over Yarn B.

Step 3: Continue Casting On
Cast on the next stitch, then twist each time between stitches to alternate your yarn colors. Continue casting on in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

Hands demonstrating the 2-Color Cast On Braided Edge technique with yarn and knitting needles.

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Version 2: Corded Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Twist Yarn Colors

RIGHT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a clockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your left hand. Yarn A twists under Yarn B.

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a counterclockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your right hand. Yarn A twists under Yarn B.

Step 3: Continue Casting On
Cast on the next stitch, then twist each time between stitches to alternate your yarn colors. Continue casting on in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

Hands demonstrating the 2-Color Cast On Corded Edge technique with yarn and knitting needles.

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Version 3: Two-Color Contrast Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Continue Casting On
Cast on the each subsequent stitch in the same manner, without twisting colors. Continue casting on until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

Hands demonstrating the 2-Color Cast On Contrast Edge technique with yarn and knitting needles.

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Learn More About Casting On Two-Colors for Knitters

How to Cast On Two Colors of Yarn in Knitting?

Begin casting on two yarn colors by making a slip knot with both yarn colors together. Place on your needle, then alternate casting on each color by twisting either clockwise or counterclockwise between stitches.Hand holding knitting needle with two different yarn colors cast on.

How to Cast On Knitting Stitches Left Handed?

The cast on technique is the same for right handed knitters, it is simply the mirror image for left handed knitters. Both the written and video tutorial instructions are available in this Studio Knit tutorial to Two-Color Braided Cast On for right- and left-handed knitters.

Which Cast On Method is best in knitting?

The Long-Tail Cast On is the standard knitting choice for most projects. The edge is clean, has a little bit of stretch, but is also firm. It is a popular choice for most blanket, hat, and scarf knitting patterns.

What side of my knitted piece is the finished Cast On Row?

When you are casting stitches onto your stitches, you are doing so on the Wrong side of the work. Once you turn your needles and begin your knitting project, you are knitting on the Right Side.

Does the Cast On row count as the first row of knitting?

No, the row of stitches cast onto your knitting needle in preparation of knitting is not counted as a row. Your pattern will have the first stitches on the right side of your work counted as the first row.


Hands holding knitting needle with two different yarn colors cast on.

Two-Color Braided Cast On Knitting Technique

Yield: Two-Color Braided Knitting Edge
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Difficulty: Experienced Beginner

This Two-Color Braided Cast On creates a decorative edge in your knitting. The technique is similar to the basic Long-Tail technique with the slingshot hold, but uses two different yarn colors.

Materials

  • Yarn - Any Gauge

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Appropriate Size for Yarn

Instructions

Three Versions of the 2-Color Braided Cast On

Preparation to Cast On

Make a Slip Knot: Begin with a short yarn tail of about 4 inches. Holding both yarn colors, create a Slip Knot and place it on your knitting needle. It does not matter which color is on which side of your needle, as we will be removing the slip knot upon completing our first row of knitting.

Slingshot Hold: Hold your yarn with the slingshot method.

RIGHT-HANDED KNITTERS: Hold the needle with your right hand and slingshot with your left.

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Hold the needle with your left hand and slingshot with your right.

Yarn A is in the front, wrapped around your thumb. Yarn B is in the back, wrapped around your index finger. Hold your knitting needle with the short yarn tail held along the knitting needle edge.

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Version 1: Braided Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Twist Yarn Colors

RIGHT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a counterclockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your left hand. Yarn A twists over Yarn B.

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a clockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your right hand. Yarn A twists over Yarn B.

Step 3: Continue Casting On
Cast on the next stitch, then twist each time between stitches to alternate your yarn colors. Continue casting on in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

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Version 2: Corded Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Twist Yarn Colors

RIGHT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a clockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your left hand. Yarn A twists under Yarn B.

LEFT-HANDED KNITTERS: Twist the yarns in a counterclockwise direction. This is from the perspective of your right hand. Yarn A twists under Yarn B.

Step 3: Continue Casting On
Cast on the next stitch, then twist each time between stitches to alternate your yarn colors. Continue casting on in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

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Version 3: Two-Color Contrast Edge

Step 1: Begin by Casting On your First Stitch
Make your first stitch as you would the long-tail cast on. Bring the tip of your knitting needle around to the outside of your thumb picking up Yarn A, then pick up the Yarn B on the outside of your index finger, then pull the stitch through around your needle.

Step 2: Continue Casting On
Cast on the each subsequent stitch in the same manner, without twisting colors. Continue casting on until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

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