How to cast on knitting

The knitted cast on is easy to do, especially if you already know how to make a knit stitch. This is a good all-purpose cast on and creates a stretchy edge to your work.

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Start with a slip knot on the needle in your left hand. Use your fingers to hold the yarn tail out of the way.

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Insert the right needle into the slip knot and work a knit stitch, but do NOT slip it off of the left needle.

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Tilt the right needle to the right and insert the left needle into the loop you’ve pulled up. You are now in position to complete another knit stitch. Repeat the instructions, as you did when you worked the slip knot above. Tip: If you are having a hard time working your left needle tip into the loop on the right needle, try pulling up a larger loop when you work the knit stitch.

How To knit: Casting on – the thumb method

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1. Pull out about 1 metre from a ball of yarn and make a simple slip knot. Place it on needle and pull ends to tighten stitch against needle.

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2. Insert point of needle under loop on left thumb.

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3. Pass yarn in right hand under tip of needle from the back, bringing yarn round to front and over top of needleUse point of needle to draw this loop of yarn through loop on left thumb, release loop and pull short end of yarn to tighten stitch against needle.Casting-on-thumb-method-image-3

4. Repeat from until required amount of stitches are on needle.

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 Casting-on-thumb-method-image-4Here are two more commonly used methods of casting on:

How To Cast On: Cable method

1. Make a slip-knot at the beginning of yarn. Insert right-hand needle in the stitch on left-hand needle. Bring the yarn around point of right-hand needle and pull through. Place this stitch onto left needle.

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2. * Insert point of right-hand needle between last two stitches on left-hand needle. Bring the yarn around point of right-hand needle, pull through and place this stitch onto left needle. Repeat from * until the required number of stitches have been cast on.Casting on cable method

How To Cast On: Knit on method

1. Make a slip-knot at the beginning of yarn. Insert right-hand needle in the stitch on left-hand needle. Bring the yarn around point of right-hand needle, pull through.casting on knit method

2. Place this stitch onto left needle. Repeat until the required number of stitches have been cast on.

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