Definition of cast on (or cast something on) in US English:

cast on (or cast something on)

phrasal verb

  • Make the first row of a specified number of loops on the needle.

    ‘cast on and knit a few rows of stockinette stitch’
    • ‘Using 2 needles, cast on 98(110:134:146:158:170) stitches.’
    • ‘Julie cast on in record time, and should be knitting fair isles in no time.’
    • ‘Cast on 52 stitches at end of next row to complete armhole shaping.’
    • ‘I'm doing the socks on 6 ply yarns so I only have to follow the pattern and cast on 64 stitches.’