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How to Knit - Cast On

THINK YOU CAN’T KNIT?  READ THIS:  Knitting is simply the combination of two stitches:  the knit stitch and the purl stitch.  That’s it:  TWO stitches.  All the fancy patterns and cables and lovely designs that may intimidate a novice knitter are simply variations on those two stitches.   Some knitters NEVER even try them.  You can make lovely scarves, mittens, sweaters, afghans – you name it – utilizing the two basic knit stitches.  So give it a try!  And for more help, watch me demonstrate in this VIDEO.

CAST ON  |  KNIT STITCH  |  PURL STITCH

 

Even the most complicated knitting project begins with a single slip knot (fig: how to sllp knot)

STEP ONE: Place the slip knot on your needle and hold this needle with your left hand.  Using your empty needle in your right hand, slide the needle point into the back side of the slip knot stitch.  (fig:  how to cast on 1)

STEP TWO: Wrap yarn leading to your skein (not the short tail) CLOCKWISE around the right hand needle tip (fig:  how to cast on 2)

STEP THREE:  Pull the yarn up through the existing stitch, forming a loop on the right needle (fig ;how to cast on 3 and 4)

STEP FOUR:  Transfer this new loop over to the left hand needle and remove right needle.  (fig how to cast on 5)   You now have two stitches on the left needle.

Repeat steps two and three.  Insert right needle into back of stitch on left needle, wrap yarn CLOCKWISE around the right needle point (fig how to cast on 6 )

and pull the yarn through the existing stitch, forming a loop on your right needle point.  (fig. how to cast on 7 )

Repeat step four.  Transfer the new loop over to the left hand needle and remove right needle.  You now have three stitches on the left needle.  (fig. how to cast on 8 )

Continue this process until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.  (see figs:  how to cast on 9, how to cast on 10, how to cast on 11, how to cast on 13).

CAST ON  |  KNIT STITCH  |  PURL STITCH