Casting on is the process of creating the first row of stitches on a knitting needle. There are many ways to cast on, but the long-tail method is one of the most popular.
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What is Casting On?
Casting on is the process of creating your first row of stitches in knitting. It’s an essential skill for any beginner knitter, and there are a variety of ways to do it. In this guide, we’ll show you one of the most basic methods for casting on: the single cast-on.
Why do I need to Cast On?
In order to create a new knitting project, you must first cast on. This creates the foundation row of stitches that will form the basis of your work. There are many different ways to cast on, and the method you choose will depend on the desired results for your project. For example, a loose cast on may be used for projects that require stretchiness, while a tight cast on may be used for projects that require firmness. Experiment with different methods to find the one that works best for you.
How do I Cast On?
One of the first steps in any knitting project is to cast on, which creates the foundation stitches for your work. Although there are many ways to cast on, the long-tail and knitted methods are two of the most popular.
1. Start by making a slip knot around one needle, leaving a long tail of yarn (at least 10 inches/25 cm).
2. Hold the needle with the slip knot in your right hand and the empty needle in your left hand. Insert the needle in your right hand into the loop on the left needle from back to front.
3. Wrap the yarn around the needle in your right hand (from front to back) and then pull it through to the front, creating a new loop on the right-hand needle.
4. Now you have two loops on the right-hand needle and one loop on the left-hand needle. Drop the loop off the left-hand needle and tighten both loops on the right-hand needle by pulling on both ends of yarn.
5. Repeat steps 2–4 until you have cast on the desired number of stitches, making sure not to pull too tightly or your foundation row will be too tight to work with later.
1. Start by making a slip knot around one needle, leaving a long tail of yarn (at least 10 inches/25 cm).
2. Insert the tip of the empty needle into that slip knot from front to back and then wrap the yarn around that same needle in a clockwise direction (away from you).
3. Now use your thumb and index finger to hold onto those wraps while you insert that same needle (now with wraps) into what is now considered your working stitch (the stitch closest to Needle 1) from back to front—again wrapping yarn in a clockwise direction as you insert (again away from you). You should notice that you are now holding two loops onto one needles—this is normal! Just be careful not to let go!
4. Once inserted into working stitch, wrap yarn around inserted Needle 2 again in a clockwise direction—this time bringing it towards you so that it comes over top of Needle 2—and then pull through both loops currently sitting on Needle 2 until only one loop remains (the new stitch). At this point, drop both loops off of Needle 1—one will be your slipped stitch; one will be your new “cast on” stitch
The Long-Tail Cast On Method
One of the most popular methods for casting on knitting needles is the long-tail cast on method. This method is relatively easy to learn and produces a nice, tight edge on your knitting. It is often used for projects that require a little extra strength, such as socks or hats.
To get started, you will need to estimate the amount of yarn you will need to complete your project. For a standard long-tail cast on, you will need to allow for about one inch of yarn per stitch. Once you have estimated the amount of yarn you need, cut a length of yarn from your skein and set it aside. You will also need a tapestry needle and scissors.
To begin, make a slipknot in your yarn about 12 inches from the end. Place the slipknot onto your knitting needle and tighten it so that it is snug against the needle. Next, hold the needle in your right hand and the tail of the yarn in your left hand. Keep your tension even as you wrap the yarn around the needle from back to front. As you wrap the yarn, make sure that each loop is slightly larger than the one before it.
When you have wrapped the yarn around the needle enough times to equal the number of stitches you want to cast on, take the tail of the yarn in your left hand and insert it overthe topofthe needlefrom frontto back. Now insertyour rightneedleinto this loopand pullit throughtothebackofyour work. Youhave now createdyour firstcast-onstitch!
Repeat this process until you have cast on all ofthe stitchesyou need foryour project. Whenyouare finishedcastingon, cuttheworkingyarnleavinga 4-inchtail. Youwill usethistailofyarnto weaveinallofyourends whenyou arefinishedwithyour project
The Knitted Cast On Method
The knitted cast on is one of the most popular methods for starting a new knitting project. This method is also known as the long-tail cast on or the Continental cast on. It’s a versatile method that can be used for a variety of projects, and it’s easy to learn.
To begin, you’ll need to leave a tail of yarn that is at least twice the length of the project you’re casting on. This tail will be used to secure the stitches, so make sure it’s not too short.
Next, make a slip knot in the yarn and place it over one of the knitting needles. Holding both yarn and needle in your left hand, insert the thumb and first two fingers of your right hand between the yarn and needle (as shown in the photo).
Now, with your right hand, grab the working yarn (the yarn that’s attached to the skein) and wrap it once around your left thumb. Bring the yarn back over top of your left index finger and insert the needle under this strand (as shown in the photo).
Pull both strands of yarn through to create a new stitch on the needle. Be sure not to pull too tightly, or your stitches will be too small. Continue in this manner until you have cast on the desired number of stitches.
The Cable Cast On Method
The cable cast on method is a great way to create a professional looking edge on your knitting. It’s also a relatively easy method to learn, and once you’ve mastered it you’ll be able to create beautiful edges on all of your projects.
To start, you’ll need to gather a few supplies. You’ll need a tapestry needle, some yarn, and a knitting needle. Once you have your supplies gathered, you’re ready to start!
1. Start by making a slip knot in your yarn. Do not tighten the slip knot too much, as you’ll need to be able to slide it over the knitting needle later on.
2. Next, insert the knitting needle into the slip knot.
3. Now, wrap the yarn around the needle from back to front. As you wrap the yarn around the needle, be sure to leave a long tail (this will become part of your knitting later on).
4. Once you’ve wrapped the yarn around the needle once, insert the tapestry needle into the loop that’s currently on the knitting needle (from back to front).
thumb|Step 4: Inserting the tapestry needle into the loop on the knitting needle
5. Now, use the tapestry needle to pull the yarn through the loop that’s on the knitting needle (from front to back). You should now have two loops on your knitting needle – one from the slip knot, and one from wrapping the yarn around the needle.
6. Next, take your left hand and hold onto both loops that are now on your needle (the one from the slip knot, and the one from wrapping the yarn around). Then insert your right hand through both loops and basically scoop up some yarn – don’t worry if it feels a little awkward at first, you’ll get used to it! – and pull both loops off of your needles with your right hand while still holding onto them with your left hand (as shown in step 6). You should now have two new loops in your left hand; these will become part of your final piece of knitting later on so don’t lose them!
The Thumb Cast On Method
There are many different ways to cast on a knitting needle, and the Best Way to Cast On will depend on the type of project you’re working on. For example, the Long Tail Cast On is a good choice for projects that require a lot of stretchiness, like socks. The Thumb Cast On method is a good all-purpose cast on that can be used for most projects.
To cast on using the Thumb Cast On method, start by making a slip knot and placing it on your needle. Then hold the needle in your right hand and use your left hand to make a loop around your thumb (as if you were making a small bracelet). Next, insert the needle into the loop around your thumb and pull it through to create a new stitch on the needle. Finally, slide the new stitch off your thumb and tighten it up slightly. You’ve now cast on one stitch! Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.
The Two-Color Cast On Method
The two-color cast on method is a great way to add a pop of color to your knitting project. This method is also called the long-tail cast on, and it’s one of the most popular ways to start a new knitting project.
To start, you’ll need two colors of yarn and a knitting needle. You’ll also need a small crochet hook, which will be used to help secure the end of the yarn.
Start by making a slip knot with one of the yarn colors, leaving a long tail. Place the slip knot on the knitting needle and hold it in your left hand.
With your right hand, take the other color of yarn and make a loop around your left thumb. Then, take the yarn over your left index finger and under your left middle finger. Finally, bring the yarn over your left ring finger and under your pinky.
Now, use the needle in your left hand to pick up the first loop on your thumb (the loop closest to your hand). knit this loop together with the stitch on the needle. Then, drop this loop off your thumb.
Next, pick up the second loop on your thumb and knit it together with the stitch on the needle. Then, drop this loop off your thumb. You should now have two stitches on your needle.
Repeat these steps until you have reached the desired number of stitches for your project. To finish, cut both yarns leaving a long tail for each color. Use a crochet hook to weave in the ends.
The Crochet Cast On Method
The crochet cast on is a great method for beginners because it is easy to do and gives you a nice, tight edge on your knitting. You will need a crochet hook that is the same size as your knitting needle. To start, make a slip knot in your yarn and put it on the crochet hook. Then, holding the hook in your right hand and the needle in your left hand, insert the hook into the first stitch on the needle. Wrap the yarn around the hook and pull through both loops on the hook. You have now made one stitch. Continue working in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.
The German Twisted Cast On Method
The German Twisted Cast On is a beautifully decorative way to start your knitting, and it’s also quite strong and elastic. It’s a great choice for sock cuffs, hats, or any other project where you need a stretchy edge.
This cast on method is also known as the Old Norwegian Cast On or the Twisted Knit Cast On.
To German Twisted Cast On, you’ll need:
-a knitting needle
-yarn in the color of your choice
1.Start by making a slip knot in your yarn and slipping it onto your knitting needle. Leave a tail of about 4 inches (10 cm).
2.Wrap the yarn around your thumb once, going from back to front. Insert the needle under the loop on your thumb (from back to front), then over the top of the yarn (from front to back). Pull the yarn through the loop on your thumb so that there is now a loop on your needle (Figure 1). Do not pull too tight!