Casting On Knitting


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Casting on knitting is one of the first task you are going to have to learn as your knitting cannot be started until you have the required number of stitches on your needle!

Although it is not difficult to learn how to cast on, it will take a bit of practice to get to the point where your cast on edge is nice and even.  

If you plan on knitting more than the occasional scarf, this is a skill you will need to master.  But it you are keen to get started and want to make sure that knitting is something that you really want to do, see if you can find an experienced knitter who can cast on for you, until you get a chance to practice a bit more.

The first step in casting on knitting is to form a looped knot in your yarn to create your first stitch. I tend to use a slip knot to do this. To make a slip knot, wind the yarn around two fingers and over the two fingers again to the back of the first loop.

Pull the back thread through the loop, insert your knitting needle and pull the knot tight. 

Step by Step Instructions

Holding the needle with your slip knot stitch in the left hand, push the right hand needle through the front of the loop. 


With your right hand wind the yarn behind, under and over the right needle.


Using the right needle, pull the loop you have just made through the stitch on the left needle. 


Place the new stitch you have created onto the left hand needle by slipping the point of the needle into the stitch and transferring it across.


Now push the right needle through the gap between the two stitches on the needle in your left hand and wind the yarn around the right needle the same way you did in step two.


Using the right needle, pull the loop you have just made through the stitch on the left needle. 


Place the new stitch you have created onto the left hand needle by slipping the point of the needle into the stitch and transferring it across.


Now you just repeat each of the steps from one to seven until you have the right number of stitches on the left-hand needle.

For a printable PDF copy of the Cast on Knitting Tutorial just click on this link.

Want to Watch Someone Casting On Knitting?

Check out this video demonstration! If you want a smooth viewing experience, I suggest that you hit the pause button for a while so that it fully loads before you watch it.


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