Image of a loom knit headband.
Loom knit cast off: The Flat Edge Cast Off Method

Loom Knit Cast Off: the Slip Stitch Method

Loom knit scarves, blankets, and shawls have one thing in common: they all use the Slip Stitch Cast Off!

The slip stitch cast-off is perfect for loom-knitted projects that have flat edges! These include dishcloths, mats, scarves, headbands, hat brims, and pot holders. It’s easy to do and completely beginner-friendly too.

What is the Slip Stitch Cast Off?

Casting off takes a project off the loom and makes a finished edge all at once! That way your stitches don’t unravel and you’re ready to use your finished knit right away.

The most beginner-friendly way to take your project off the loom with a flat, open edge is the Slip Stitch loom knit cast off. This type of cast off (also called a “bind off”) gives your project a nice firm flat edge that you can make as stretchy or as tight as you need.

When to Use the Slip Stitch Cast Off

Not sure what projects are best for this cast off technique? Any loom knitting project that is knit flat (aka: back and forth rather than in a tube) will need a flat finished edge. Scarves, dishcloths, shawls, or blankets are all great examples of projects that will have you casting off using the slip stitch.

Need a different method? Skip to the end of this post to see another way to bind off, or cast off your knitting loom project!

A little girl smiling wearing scarf and hat. Image shows where the flat edge loom knit cast off is used.

This loom knitting cast off is also quite handy if you’re learning since you’ll have much more control over how much stretch or stability you want on your project.

I’m going to walk you through every step in creating the Slip Stitch loom knit cast off. So grab your knitting loom and let’s get stitching!

Loom Knit Cast Off for Flat Projects

Casting off flat knits from a loom is easier than you think. There are a few ways you can do that. But this time, we’re going to learn the Slip Stitch loom knit cast off.

Don’t worry, I’m keeping the instructions as beginner-friendly as possible so you can comfortably follow along. Excited? Then let’s get started!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Make sure you start the cast off steps starting at the side anchor peg. This marks the beginning and end of your row!

Loom knitting cast off: Slip stitch bind off tutorial.

Step 1:

Work two stitches following the pattern you were using for the rest of your project (if you were knitting for your project then knit those stitches, if purling, purl them).

Slip stitch cast off tutorial.

Step 2:

Move the second stitch over to the first peg so that it stacks on top of the first stitch.

Slip stitch cast off tutorial.
Slip stitch cast off tutorial.

Step 3:

Use the loom hook to pull the bottom loop up over the top loop, dropping it off the peg. You now have one stitch on the first peg and an empty second peg.

Slip stitch cast off tutorial.
Slip stitch cast off tutorial.

Step 4:

Use the loom hook to lift the stitch up off peg 1 and move it to peg 2.

Step 5:

Knit the next stitch (peg 3) normally.


Steps 2-5 until all the stitches have been bound off.

Finishing: Cut the yarn leaving 6”. Pull the yarn through the last stitch and cinch it
shut. Your edges should be flat like the loom knit headband project above!

Final Clean-Up: Weaving in Loose Ends

Now that you’ve taken the project off the knitting loom, it’s time to secure the yarn end. You do this so that your project doesn’t start to unravel!

Here’s how you weave in yarn tails after you’re done with the knitting loom cast off:

Sewing the yarn tails.
Sewing the yarn tails.

Step 1: Turn the project inside out. Thread the yarn tail through the yarn needle.

Step 2: Weave the needle through either a row of stitches or column of stitches for 1-2”.

Step 3: Pull the yarn through the stitches and trim the extra yarn close to the fabric.

Weaving in the ends for “traditionally” knitted items and items that are knitted in a loom is practically the same. Just remember to weave the ends in on the wrong side or back side of your project!

BONUS TIP: If you don’t want your yarn end to slowly unravel as you use your knit item, add a dab of fabric glue to keep it in place. That yarn tail is not going anywhere!

cinched loom knit cast off

Another Loom Knitting Cast Off Method

Want to be able to cinch the end of your project closed? Try the Cinched Cast Off! This technique uese a yarn needle to thread the yarn through each loop before you pull the yarn to close the top. Easy! This method is perfect for bags or hats where you want to have a totally closed side.

Thoughts on the Slip Stitch Cast Off

So, how was it?

This method of casting off does need some getting used to. Plus, loom knitting cast offs are a lot different from the “traditional” knitting cast offs. They do have similar appearances though!

With enough practice, casting of for loom knitting will start feeling like second nature to you. So don’t feel down if your first few attempts don’t turn out the way you want it to.

Image of hands holding knitted fabrics.

As with any new hobby, practice makes perfect. So make sure to take your time learning everything you can about loom knitting.

Soon enough, you’ll be breezing through your loom knits like a machine!

More Loom Knitting Tutorials:

Need a refresher on the other loom knitting stitches? Don’t worry, you can find everything you need and more on our website!

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How to do the Knit Stitch on a Knitting Loom! Read the Post…

How to do the Purl Stitch on a Knitting Loom! Read the Post…

Casting Off: how to do a cinched finish! Read the post…

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