We show you how to cast off by breaking down the stages into individual images.

In this article we show you how to cast off.

New to knitting? Woman’s Weekly’s knitting expert Tina Egleton offers her advice on the basics of how to knit. Below you’ll find an easy to follow video as well as detailed pictures to show you how to cast off.


When you’ve learned to knit, casting on and casting off are often the skills that are hardest to remember. If you’ve picked up your knitting after a long time, it’s often the knit stitch that you remember most easily. That’s why we’ve put together this easy how-to guide to help you remember how to finish off your knitted pieces.

How To knit: Cast off


Knit first 2 stitches from left-hand needle in usual way, then insert left-hand needle in first of these 2 stitches and slip it over second stitch to the left. Knit next stitch from left-hand needle and slip previous stitch over. Repeat the process to end. When there’s only 1 stitch left, break yarn, slip the end through final stitch and draw up tightly to fasten off.

You can work your cast off row using knit stitches, purl stitches or a combination of the two if the main body of your knitting is worked in a textured stitch. A knit stitch cast-off from the right side of your work looks neat whatever the underlying stitch may be. It’s a good go-to option if you aren’t sure which stitch to choose at the final stage of your knitting.

If you find your cast-off edges too loose or too tight, it might be worth swapping up or down to a different needle size just for the casting off stage. That way all your stitches will be equal in size unlike if you were to consciously tighten or loosen stitches as you work.