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Published on Apr 9, 2013
To do Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-On (also called the Magic Circle Cast-On or Magic Ring Cast-On), you'll need a crochet hook and needles for working in the round. You don't need to know how to crochet to do this cast-on.
In case you don't know, Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-On is an easy way to cast on in the center of a circular project.
It makes makes a perfect circle that you can pull tight, so there's no hole in the center of your project.
Popular top-down patterns like the Hemlock Ring Blanket and the Foliage Hat look great with this cast-on.
To recap, here are the steps:
Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-On:
Make a twist in your yarn with the tail in front. Leave a 6-inch tail. Tension the working yarn in your left hand. Hold the crochet hook and the tail of your yarn in your right hand. Insert the crochet hook into the circle you've made. Bring the crochet hook under the working yarn and pull up a loop through the circle. Grab another loop and pull that loop through the loop on the hook. Repeat steps 4-6 until you have the required number of stitches. Slip the stitches from the crochet hook onto your circular or double-pointed needle. After You Cast On, Begin Knitting In The Round Using Magic Loop:
Divide your stitches for working in the round. Pull the tail of your yarn, closing the cast-on into a tight circle. With the flat side of your work facing you, pull out the bottom needle. Fly your needle-tip around so your needle tips are facing each other. Knit across the stitches on the left-hand needle. Repeat on the second needle. Insert a stitch marker into the first stitch to mark the beginning of the round.
Practice This Circular Cast-On With A Mini-Doily Pattern
If you want to practice this magic cast-on, you can make this fun little mini-doily. If you use worsted-weight yarn, this can be a cute coaster. If you use chunky-weight yarn, you can use it to place it under something bigger, like a teapot or flower vase.
Mini-Doily using Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-On
10 yards worsted-weight yarn 40-inch circular needles, US size 7 (4.5 mm) Crochet hook, US size G (4.25 mm) Instructions: Using Emily Ocker's Circular Cast-On, CO 8 sts. Distribute the sts for working in the round.
Rounds 1-2: K. Round 3: (YO, k1) to end. Round 4: K. Round 5: (YO, k1) to end. Round 6: K.
Bind-off round: K1, *k2tog, yo, k2tog, turn, sl 1, (k1, p1) twice in the same st, then k in the same st once more, p1, sl 1, turn, bind off 7 sts (1 st remains on right-hand needle). Repeat from * around.
Fasten off. Weave in ends. Soak thoroughly in cool water, gently squeeze out excess, pin out into shape and allow to dry completely.