How to Cast On Knitting Needles for Beginners

Learn how to cast on knitting needles for beginners with this step by step guide. We’ll cover the long tail cast on method and the knitted cast on method.

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Introduction

There are a variety of ways to cast on knitting needles, and the one you choose will depend on the desired outcome for your project. If you’re a beginner, it’s best to start with the long-tail method, which is versatile and relatively easy to master. Once you’ve mastered the long-tail method, you can experiment with other methods to find the one that works best for you.

What You’ll Need

Assuming you’ve already gathered your knitting needles and yarn, you’re ready to cast on! To cast on, you’ll need:
-Your knitting needles
-A small amount of waste yarn
-A crochet hook that is the same size or one size smaller than your knitting needles (optional)

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The long tail cast on is one of the most versatile and commonly used knit cast ons. It’s a little bit fiddly to do at first, but once you get the hang of it it’s very easy. This method is also known as the thumb method or single loop method.

To do the long tail cast on, you’ll start by making a slip knot in your yarn and putting it over one of your needles. Then, you’ll take the needle in your right hand and hold it behind the needle in your left hand. Wrap the yarn around the back needle from behind clockwise so that it makes a loop over the top of the front needle, then insert the tip of the front needle into that loop from front to back. Draw the yarn through so that there’s now a new loop on your right-hand needle – this is called a “yarn over”.

The Long-Tail Cast On

There are many different ways to cast on knitting needles, and the method you use will depend on the project you’re working on and your personal preference. If you’re a beginner, the long-tail cast on is a good place to start. This method is relatively easy to learn and produces a nice, tight edge that’s perfect for projects like scarves and blankets.

To do the long-tail cast on, you will need a tail of yarn that is at least twice as long as the width of your project. For example, if you are casting on for a scarf that is 20 inches wide, you will need a tail of yarn that is at least 40 inches long.

1. Make a slipknot about 18 inches from the end of your yarn tail. Place the slipknot over one of your knitting needles so that the needle is in the center of the loop.

2. Hold the needle with the slipknot in your right hand and use your left hand to hold the other end of the yarn tail.

3. Insert your left thumb and index finger between the strands of yarn andopen up a space.

4. Insert your left knitting needle into this space (from front to back), then wrapthe yarn aroundthe needle from back to front. As you wrap, make sure thatthe strand nearestyour thumb is goingoverthe strand farthest away fromyour thumb (see photo). This will ensurethatyou don’t twistthe stitches asyou cast on.
5. Use your left thumb and index finger to pullthe bottom strandof yarn throughthe looponyour left knitting needle; then slideoffthat loopfromyour needle (one stitch has nowbeencast onto yourleft needle). Throughoutthis process, keepa little tensiononthatopperyarn so it doesn’t get too looseand floppy–but not so muchtension that it starts to cutinto your fingers!6 Repeat steps 3-5 until you havethe desirednumberof stitcheson yourleft needle.

The Knitted Cast On

The knitted cast on is one of the most basic and essential knitting techniques. This method is also called the long-tail cast on because you’ll need to estimate the length of yarn (the tail) needed to complete the cast on. The number of stitches you’re casting on will determine the length of the tail. For example, if you’re casting on 20 stitches, you’ll need a tail that’s about 20 inches long.

This cast on method is one of the most versatile. You can use it for any type of knitting project, from sweaters to hats to scarves. And once you get the hang of it, it’s actually quite simple.

The Cable Cast On

The cable cast on is a strong, yet elastic method of starting a knitting project. It is often used for projects that require a lot of stretching, such as sock cuffs or the brim of a hat. This method uses two knitting needles and creates a firm edge that is not as likely to curl as other methods.

To begin, make a slipknot and place it on one needle, leaving about 6 inches (15 cm) of tail. Hold the needle with the slipknot in your left hand and the other needle in your right hand. Insert the right needle into the slipknot on the left needle from front to back.

Wrap the yarn around the right needle from back to front and then pull the yarn through the loop on the left needle. You have now made one stitch. Continue making stitches in this manner until you have the desired number of stitches on your right needle.

The Backward Loop Cast On

The backward loop cast on is the most basic method of casting on knitting needles. It is quick and easy to do, and create a nice, loose edge to your work. This method is often used for provisional cast ons (a temporary cast on that can be removed later), as well as for adding new stitches in the middle of a project.

To do the backward loop cast on:

1. Make a slip knot and place it on your left needle.

2. Stick your right thumb and index finger through the loop of yarn, so that the yarn is wrapped around your finger twice.

3. Use your other fingers to hold onto the working yarn (the yarn that is attached to the skein) so that it doesn’t get pulled through the loop on your finger.

4. Use your right needle to reach under the two strands of yarn on your thumb, then over the top of the strand on your index finger, and pull up a loop of yarn.

5. Place this new loop onto your left needle, and pull it tight so that it doesn’t come undone.

6. Repeat steps 2-5 until you have the desired number of stitches on your left needle.

The Thumb Cast On

The thumb cast on is a great way to start your knitting project if you are a beginner. It is simple and easy to do, and it will give you a nice, even edge to your work. Here are the steps:

1. Start by holding the knitting needle in your right hand and the piece of yarn you will be using for your project in your left hand.Leave a tail of about four inches of yarn hanging from the needle.

2. Wrap the yarn around your thumb, making sure that the strand of yarn is not too tight or too loose.

3. With your other hand, take hold of the strand of yarn that is wrapped around your thumb and pull it over the top of the needle so that it forms a loop.

4. Still holding on to the strand of yarn with your other hand, use your thumb and first finger to slide the looped strand of yarn off of your thumb and onto the needle.

5. Now you will have one stitch on your needle! Repeat these steps until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

The E-Wrap Cast On

The E-wrap cast on is one of the easiest ways to start knitting. It’s a good choice for beginners, and it’s also a useful method to have in your repertoire even if you’re an experienced knitter.

To do the E-wrap cast on, you’ll start by holding the knitting needle in your right hand. If you’re left-handed, you can hold the needle in your left hand instead. With the needle in your right hand, use your left hand to wrap the yarn around the needle from back to front. Then, use your right hand to pull the yarn through the loop on the needle. Repeat this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

The Double Thumb Cast On

The double thumb cast on is a great way to cast on knitting needles for beginners. This method is easy to learn and produces a neat, professional-looking edge. Here’s how to do it:

1. Start by making a slip knot and placing it on your left needle.

2. Next, make a loop around your left thumb with the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball). Insert the right needle into this loop and knitwise (from left to right). You should now have two loops on your left needle.

3. Make another loop around your left thumb with the working yarn and insert the right needle knitwise into this loop. You should now have three loops on your left needle.

4. Repeat step 3 until you have the desired number of stitches on your left needle. To finish, cut the working yarn, leaving a tail that is long enough to weave in later, and pull the tail through the last loop on the needle.

The Japanese Cast On

If you’re a beginner knitter, you may be wondering how to cast on knitting needles. There are many different ways to do this, but one of the most popular methods is the Japanese cast on.

This method is also known as the long tail cast on, and it’s a great way to create a neat and even edge on your work. It’s also relatively easy to do, even if you’ve never done it before.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do the Japanese cast on:

1. Start by making a slipknot in your yarn, and then place it over one of your needles.

2. Next, take the needle in your other hand and insert it through the loop of yarn around your first needle (from front to back).

3. Now, use your first needle to pick up the strand of yarn that’s behind your second needle (this will be the “tail” of your yarn).

4. Finally, use your first needle to bring the strand of yarn through the loop on your second needle, and then pull both strands of yarn tight. You’ve now cast on one stitch!

5. Repeat these steps until you have the desired number of stitches on your needles.

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