Beginner Knitting – Casting On, 2 Methods

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There are lots of ways to cast on. Here are two. The first is the way I was shown by my mum when I was little.

Although I’m left-handed, I was shown how to cast-on the right-handed way, so that’s the way I’ll demonstrate it. 🙂

Method One

1. First of all, make a loop in the yarn. This will be the base of most cast-on methods. Make a loop and pull through the long side of the yarn and pull it to the desired size:

2. Insert the left needle into the loop:

3. Take the right needle and push it through the loop on the left needle and through to the back of the loop:

4. Put the yarn around the back of the right needle:

5. Take the left needle over the yarn on the right needle to make the first stitch, but leave both the left and right stitches on the needles:

6. For the next and all the following stitches, insert the left needle into the front of the stitch on the right needle:

7. Put the yarn around the back of the right needle as last time:

8. Pull the left needle over the yarn you have just pulled around the right needle and you have your second stitch:

9. Follow steps 6 through 8 for all of the following cast-on stitches. When you have the required amount on your needle, simply pull out the right needle from it’s stitch. If you then find you don’t have enough, just start from step 3 again.

Method Two

The long-tail cast-on. I prefer this method, but it comes with a small catch. We will be using the ‘tail’ of the wool to cast on our stitches. This means you need to guess how much wool you will need for the amount of stitches you want on your needle. Try and guess the length and we’ll begin!

1. Make a loop as before and this time it needs to be on the right needle. Instead of using two needles, we will be using the right needle and our left thumb! Hold the long tail of the wool and put your thumb under the yarn:

2. Pull your thumb up and place the needle under the yarn and through to the back of your thumb:

3. Wrap the main length of yarn around the needle:

4. Pull the left loop over the yarn on the right needle:

4. Pull the stitch firmly but not too tight:

5. Repeat until you have the required number of stitches:

I hope this has helped a little bit. As I said, I’ll upload the video as soon as I’ve edited it so you can see the complete process.

Thanks for reading!


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  1. Something I should mention, which my mum also taught me – with the first cast-on method, it looks a little messy once you start knitting. To counter this, knit into the back of the stitches for the first row, and then begin your pattern from there.

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