How to cast on with the continental method

There are different methods to cast on. In this DROPS video we show one of the most common methods that gives a firm but still elastic edge. It’s called the continental method.

The cast on should be firm but not too hard. If you feel it becomes too tight you can use larger needles or cast on around two needles and then pull one needle out afterwards. Remember to use the correct needles when starting your knitting.

You must read the pattern to be able to follow. You’ll find patterns where you can use this technique by clicking on the pictures below.

The video above can be used in the following patterns

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Comments (34)

Nanna 06.01.2021 - 22:01:

Et godt fif, da jeg selv er totalt nybegynder. Slå maskerne op med begge strikkepinde, og pil den ene ud, når de er slået op. Mine bliver nemlig meget stramme og med 2 pinde, får de en flot finish :-)

Silvia Villalva 05.09.2020 - 19:58:

Bárbara la explicación, pero estoy muy acostumbrada a las agujas tradicionales y me cuesta aprender esta nueva técnica

Diana 13.06.2019 - 21:36:

For people who don't have strong fingers there is an easyer way to make this one. I learned to use my thumb as a "needle", wich means you don't have to stretch your fingers this much. (learned that in school 40 years ago)

Anka 02.05.2019 - 18:44:

Wie weiß ich wie lange der Faden sein soll beim Anschlagen... es ist mir schon oft passiert, das bei vielen Anschlagmaschen der Faden nicht gereicht hat und ich nochmal neu anfangen musste... danke auch im Voraus auch für die vielen tollen Tipps...

DROPS Design 03.05.2019 - 09:05:

Liebe Anka, dieses Video zeigt, wie man beim Anschlagen genügend Faden zur Verfügung hat. Viel Spaß beim stricken!

Jørgen Brevik 14.01.2019 - 09:25:

Jeg liker kuk

Jan 14.01.2019 - 09:22:

Jeg dør

Bertha 03.10.2018 - 17:09:

Ik heb het op deze manier geleerd vroeger op school. Mijn moeder zette altijd al breiend steken op, maar is later overgestapt op deze methode (moest ik voor haar doen...) omdat ze de opzetrand mooier en steviger vond.:)

Roald 06.12.2017 - 09:04:

Jeg likte videoen din.

Ivan Bentzen 15.10.2017 - 19:43:

Tak for videoen. Er der en tommelfingerregel for hvor startløkken skal sættes på garnet? Jeg skal slå 234 masker op på pind nr. 3,5 og arbejder med 50g /100 meter og oplever hele tiden, at der mangler garn til de sidste masker og det er irriterende at skulle starte forfra med opslagningen, når der er tale om så mange masker. Så, findes der en formel til udregningen af startstedet for den første Løkke?

Jackie Bonfield 19.05.2017 - 22:25:

I've completed the pattern but it doesn't seem right the back does is not the same length as front I have read the pattern but cannot work out if I've gone wrong . Please could you help me sort it out thank you J.Bonfield

DROPS Design 22.05.2017 - 10:01:

Dear Mrs Bonfield, would you please be so kind and post your question under the pattern you are currently working on? It would be easier to help you further. Happy knitting!

Susan Pod 01.09.2016 - 22:16:

The video is quite good but I would like to access the written answers how do I do that? Thanks your patterns are wonderful and the help you provide is great now I have to start knitting. Thanks for your help.

DROPS Design 02.09.2016 - 08:52:

Dear Mrs Pod, to read all comments/to write a new comment click on "Write a comment" at the bottom of the page. Happy knitting!

Nessa 15.08.2016 - 17:16:

When the pattern says Size: 3 - 6/9 (12/18 - 24) months. Does this mean there are just two pattern sizes which fit this age range? To knit the smallest size does the 3 - 6/9 months fit this category? Also it says Jacket: Cast on 130 -140 sts. How do you decide which amount and can it be any amount between these two numbers. I apologise if this is a silly question but I love the Drops patterns and the yarn and hope to learn more about the instructions. Thank you. Nessa from Scotland

DROPS Design 16.08.2016 - 09:33:

Dear Nessa, when a pattern says: Size: 3 - 6/9 (12/18 - 24) months it is available in 4 sizes: 1st size (smallest) = 3 months, 2nd size = 6/9 months, (3rd size = 12/18 months and 4th size (largest) = 24 months). When you read Jacket: Cast on 130 -140 sts, this jacket is in 2 sizes, in the smallest size cast on 130 sts and in the largest size cast on 140 sts. Happy knitting!

Mary 18.02.2016 - 14:40:

Als je gaat breien op een rondbreinaald moet je dan de steken opzetten op een gewone naald en dan overzetten op de rondbreinaald?

DROPS Design 19.02.2016 - 15:03:

Hoi Mary. Je kan opzetten op een rondbreinaald, maar vind je het prettiger om op te zetten op een rechte naald en daarna overzetten op de rondbreinaald, dan kan dat ook.

Rita Hanlon 28.01.2016 - 14:33:

Thanks for this video it has made my work neat and very professional looking. I love casting on this way. Rita

Dee 30.11.2015 - 01:42:

Thank you for having this video. The simplicity of the complete method is evident and the angle of viewing made it possible for me to do it!

Ma. Del Rocio 07.12.2014 - 20:03:

Vi su vídeo donde monta de 8 cuadrados un zapato, quisiera saber: para que medida de pie es? y de que medida es cada cuadrado? Muchas gracias y bonito fin de semana.

DROPS Design 13.12.2014 - 11:18:

Hola Ma.Del Rocio. Puedes ver las medidas de las zapatillas y el patrón para realizarlas en DROPS 134-38, DROPS 117-32, DROPS 111-9, DROPS 109-57, DROPS 12-41

Elsa Máximo 28.10.2014 - 11:47:

Bom dia. Sou entendida em tricot mas faço a montagem simples com a linha à volta do pescoço. Finalmente, vi claramente como se montam malhas "ao dedo". Obrigada por ter aprendido mais uma coisa. Falta-me agora saber montar malhas alternadas em liga e meia. Bem hajam. elsamáximo

Linda 18.10.2014 - 12:46:

Hoe meet je de lengte van de draad die je nodig hebt om het benodigde aantal steken op te zetten?

DROPS Design 20.10.2014 - 12:00:

Hoi Linda. Meestal doe je dat een beetje op gevoel. Ik zet altijd eerst 10 st op en meet hoeveel draad ik hiervoor nodig had, dan kan ik vervolgens berekenen hoeveel m ik totaal nodig heb.

Lamelo 27.05.2014 - 21:15:

Merci beaucoup pour vos vidéos. Celle ci est encore parfaite, simple claire et me fait gagner du temps ! Et finalement sans son, c'est plus simple !

Diane 09.05.2014 - 23:58:

Merci pour tous vos vidéos ils sont indispensable Diane

Ghislaine 03.02.2014 - 10:29:

Bonjour, oui je suis d'accord avec Joanne c'est vraiment une methode très simple à faire, merci beaucoup pour vos vidéos qui sont extremement bien faite

Joanne 14.11.2013 - 08:34:

Superbe video et quelle belle methode de montage de mailles. Merci beaucoup de votre generosite ;)

TACOS 29.08.2013 - 15:08:


Maria 09.03.2013 - 19:37:

That's how my grandmother taught me when I was young, here in Brazil. I find it easy, but I think that's because I'm used to it...!

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