Nov 16

How to Knit – Casting On

How To Knit – Learn How To Cast On (courtesy of TheKnittingSite)

When you cast on with a tail, you need to have enough length to make the stitches. Generally we reckon for half an inch per stitch.

We start with a slip knot, try to make a loop. This is the tail end, remember, and that’s the ball end. The loop goes over there. Turn the loop towards you, and push from the ball end, through. That will be your stitch.

As you pull the tail end, it tightens the knot. If I just bring my knitting needle in from the right-hand side, if you tighten the other end, the ball end, it tightens the stitch.

Now, how one holds the yarn. You’re holding it there with the stitch on the needle…you’ve got the 2 threads down here. This is the tail and this is the ball. So, make sure the tail is nearer you, and put your fingers between the 2.

Pick up the ball end with the first finger and the tail end with the thumb. Just like that. And hold the loose ends with your fingers. Just give it a bit of tension.

Now, to make stitches, you want to pick up the yarn that is closest to you, and go over and pick up the yarn that’s coming down from your first finger, to pull it under there. Then, you let that fall off your thumb. And, as you go to pick up the yarn again, it tightens the stitch on the needle!

Let me just do that again. Pick up the thread that’s nearest to you. And then, hook the thread that’s over there on your 1st finger. Drop that off the thumb, and as you take up the slack, it tightens the stitch. And, again.

Now, you’ll find after you’ve done a few stitches, that the thread from the tail starts to untwist. So, you need to drop it ever so often just to let it twist back up in the way it’s spun. And then, you carry on until you’ve cast on as many stitches as you require. Which, is normally more than that!

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