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Casting On: Twisted Purl Cast On
You might consider this cast on for a scarf or afghan as it is quite firm. It's nicely decorative on both sides as well.
Start with a slip knot on the left needle.
Insert right hand needle into the next stitch on the left hand needle through the back loop.
Wrap yarn around needle in the same way you normally would to purl and complete the purl stitch. This twists the stitch.
Pull the loop through and place this new stitch on the left needle.
Continue until you have cast on the number of stitches you need.
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