Learn exactly how to Cast On Knitting Stitches for beginners in 3 easy steps with my close-up photo and video tutorial. Using the Long-Tail Cast On, this is the way most beginners prefer to place yarn onto the needle in preparation for knitting.
You begin by tying a Slip Knot, learn the Sling-Shot Method of holding your yarn, and finish by casting on your first stitches. Yes, this takes a bit of patience to learn. But once you master casting on, you will be ready to start the fun hobby of knitting!
WATCH CLOSE-UP VIDEO DEMONSTRATING HOW TO CAST ON KNITTING STITCHES
3 STEPS TO CAST ON KNITTING STITCHES FOR BEGINNERS
STEP 1: Create a Slip Knot with Yarn
You begin by learning to tie a Slip Knot, then place your needle inside that loop. It is a simple knot, which I have detailed in my previous post here. A Slip Knot allows you to easily tighten by pulling on the working yarn and loosen it by pulling up from the loop. This helps the yarn fit securely onto your knitting needle.
WATCH CLOSE-UP VIDEO TO TIE A SLIP KNOT
STEP 2: Sling-Shot Method of Holding Yarn and Knitting Needle
- Holding your knitting needle in your right hand.
- Take your left hand and the yarn on the right side hold it between your two fingers.
- Then take your other two fingers and hold the other yarn tail down next to your palm.
- Scoop your thumb underneath that yarn and hold it upward.
- And lastly, with your right hand, take your index finger and just hold it onto the stitch and that is going to help keep it in place while we’re casting on.
Once you have your yarn in your hands in this configuration, you are ready to continue on.
Again, my complete video tutorial above is really helpful, if these instructions are making your head spin, haha!
STEP 3: Cast On Your First Knitting Stitch
- Bring your knitting needle to the outside of the left side
- Pick up that yarn
- Goes right through
- Then travels over to the right side to the outside of the right yarn
- Picks up the yarn underneath
- That bit of yarn goes through your thumb loop
- With your left hand, let all of that go
- Lightly cinch up your two strands of yarn
Hooray, you have cast on your knitting stitch!
CONTINUE LEARNING HOW TO KNIT
This post is dedicated to learning how to Cast On Knitting Stitches. I hope my written, photographic, and video tutorial has been helpful to you. And, really… this is the hardest part of learning how to knit. Keep at it, have patience, and give yourself some grace. We all got confused and frustrated the first time we learned how to Cast On.
But, you don’t just want a knitting needle full of stitches, right? You want to knit. Congratulations, you are ready to start knitting now. Please continue onto my next post on How to Knit Stitch Technique! Have fun!
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