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Cast On, Bind Off has 211 ways to begin and end your knitting, written by Cap Sease. Cap has arranged the 120+ cast on and 80+ bind off, are based on the edges they produce, the way they are knit and their function. The construction of these techniques helps to determine which application should be used for a particular knitted item.

If your socks are tight at the cuff or your sweater edges curl and that isn't the look you are going for, here 211 solutions. This book is a must have whether you are new to knitting or experienced. The correct cast on and bind off can help give your finished project a professional look. --Paula Moliver for the Hartford Knitting Examiner


<br /With 211 cast ons and binds offs, it would be hard not to learn something from this book. I'm a visual learner and this book is word heavy, but I was captivated from the first page. I didn't know there could be so much interesting information about starting and ending knitting. There are illustrations of how to do each technique and one good photo of the right side of each cast on and bind off.

The author has spent a lot of time knitting, teaching knitting and talking to other knitters and teachers about their favorite techniques. She shares it all here.

The writing is instructive, informative, but also encouraging; it's not always easy to learn something new. There are lists of alternate names for each cast on and bind off, so I didn't have to read through the instructions to realize that this is just long-tail cast on with a different name.

There is great information on pairing cast ons and bind offs so they look and act similarly. She shows how to do techniques for both English and Continental styles of knitting.

If you are a knitter that likes to get a little more out your knitting than just a finished piece, you will love this book. --Knitty, Winter 2012

With 211 cast ons and binds offs, it would be hard not to learn something from this book. I'm a visual learner and this book is word heavy, but I was captivated from the first page. I didn't know there could be so much interesting information about starting and ending knitting. There are illustrations of how to do each technique and one good photo of the right side of each cast on and bind off.


The author has spent a lot of time knitting, teaching knitting and talking to other knitters and teachers about their favorite techniques. She shares it all here.



The writing is instructive, informative, but also encouraging; it's not always easy to learn something new. There are lists of alternate names for each cast on and bind off, so I didn't have to read through the instructions to realize that this is just long-tail cast on with a different name.



There is great information on pairing cast ons and bind offs so they look and act similarly. She shows how to do techniques for both English and Continental styles of knitting.



If you are a knitter that likes to get a little more out your knitting than just a finished piece, you will love this book. --Knitty, Winter 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Martingale (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604680857
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604680850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
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This is a lovely and helpful book. I am a very experienced knitter, and have found this a useful reference book that even includes cast ons and bind offs I have never seen nor used before. The written directions are clear and for those of us who are visual learners, they are accompanied by very nice, (large) easily "read" illustrations. There is also a sharp photo of every technique which is easy to see and helps you to know if this is a cast-on or bind-off that would work for the project you are undertaking. (See images on the site). I have tried several of the techniques prior to writing this review just to be sure that the directions make sense and everything went smoothly.

I particularly like the three tables at the beginning of the book. One gives a list of purposes for cast ons (and one for bind offs), so that if you are looking for a durable cast-on or an elastic bind off, you know which type to use. The third table is the best, because it lists cast ons and bind offs that will create matching edges (...And you have a choice of nine different types!)

Although the book advertises (more than) 120 cast ons and (more than) 80 bind-offs, one should remember that it includes many variations on techniques along with cast ons/bind offs for very particular uses, so you should not expect 120 cast ons for every occasion. It is a strength that this book addresses particular needs (as well as general ones), for example circular cast ons, sock toe cast ons, two stranded knitting cast ons, decorative bind offs, etc.

The book is spiral bound and large (pages are 8.5 by 11" (21 x 27.5cm)) so those that found the pictures unclear or too small in the book on 54 Cast Ons/Bind Off should be much happier.
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When we first learn to knit, we typically learn one way to cast on. We keep using that same cast on, project after project, year after year. The same with bind offs. We use the same old one on every project.

Then we run across a book like this - with hundreds of different ways to begin and end projects - some for socks with the stretchiness needed to get over the heel and the recovery needed to snug back up. Some for lace - so that the effect of the cast on blends into the pattern in the shawl. Some for sweaters with the sturdiness an edge needs that will get a lot of wear.

This is a terrific book. The best way to use it, I think, is with needles and yarn in hand. The diagrams and instructions are clear, but sometimes, instructions don't click until you are actually doing the cast on or bind off. The book is spiral bound inside a hard cover. You can keep it in a knitting bag without the spiral catching your yarn, but at the same time, you can lay it open and it stays open so your hands can get on with what they are doing.
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I have had this book for a few months now. Initially I started out with a 3-star review, which I have decided to come back and bring down to a 2-star review. The original review is below the break, but I am adding additional complaints as I am increasingly disappointed in the production and editing of this book:

First, there is no pictorial overview. This blows my mind. There are apparently 211 techniques scattered throughout the book, but there is no graphical thumbnail index to glance through. This means you really have no idea what is in this book except that you flip page-by-page to visually compare CO/BOs. Ridiculous. The thumbnails they use to simply adorn whitespace in the table of contents, intro pages, and on the front/back covers are the same graphics repeated over and over; they don't even switch it up (terrible marketing on the editor's part), so in the places it might have been possible to get an at-a-glance overview, they failed. They could have fit 20-25 fairly large thumbnails on a single page. What pattern book does not have an at-a-glance overview?

Secondly, reinforcing my complaints about missing page numbers and poor editing: in the very beginning of the book, page 5, you find How to Choose a Cast On or Bind Off. The first 3 sentences state: "In choosing which to use, you need to keep several things in mind. Function is probably the most important consideration. What's the purpose of the edge and how will it be used?" The editor shoots herself in the foot here by claiming the most important consideration is function and then on the following charted page, provides absolutely zero page number references (see more on this below).
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I've been knitting for a long time and consider myself quite experienced. However, I tend to use just one cast on and one bind off for most of my projects. This book will help me widen my repertoire of beginnings and endings.

The book helps knitters choose the appropriate cast on or bind off for projects and provides helpful illustrations and directions for each one. It describes the purpose of each cast on and bind off, along with its particular benefits.

I have tried several of the examples in the book and they are all accurate. There are over 200 types of cast ons and bind offs and each is discussed at length. I have always had trouble with provisional cast ons. Now, I am able to do this technique with the help of the instructions included here. I also have found a good Youtube video to go with it.

I highly recommend this book for every knitter, beginner or experienced.
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