How to Cast on Knitting


4 Basic Knitting Cast on Techniques Step-by-Step Guide

Winter is coming and it’s the right time to learn knitting. As a beginner in this specific craft field, one must have to learn basic knitting casting on technique. In this post, I’m going to explain four techniques, single-, long-tail-, knitted-, and cable- cast on. If you want to present a gift of a holiday sweater to someone you love, you should take a start from cast on methods.  It’s good to practice single and long tail techniques as they are simple and one gets familiar with them quite easily. Once you know these two basics, you can move on to other two techniques. 

How to Cast on Knitting
How to Cast on Knitting

Things You’ll Need

Yarn and Wooden Needles

No.1 Single Cast On

  1. The very first thing to learn is to make a slip knot. It’s like making a big knot and slipping it onto a needle. 
  2. Take yarn and make a loop with it. 
  3. Bring the yarn through the loop to make another loop having a knot at the end.
  4. As you have made a slip knot, slid it onto the needle and then pull the yarn tightly so your knot is secured. 
  5. Your working yarn is one connected to the ball, wrap it around your thumb in a way that you have a loop around your thumb. 
  6. Grab your needle, move it first under and then up through the loop, which is wrapped around your thumb. 
  7. Release your thumb from this loop and pull the yarn.
  8. Repeat the same process from step no.5.

No.2 Longtail Cast On

As you want to create a tail, so you need to leave some tail from your yarn. In case you want to make more than 10 stitches in your long tail cast on, you must leave a tail of more than one foot longer. 

  1. First you need to set the angle. Wrap yarn over your thumb and pointer finder (left-hand). 
  2. Now keep this yarn tight between your middle and pointer finger.
  3. The working yarn is connected to the ball, secure it between your ring finger and pinky. 
  4. Grab your wooden needle in the right hand, set it on the top of yarn between your thumb and pointer finger.
  5. Start drawing the yard toward you so that a loop is created around your thumb.
  6. Move the needle under the outside side of the yarn close to thumb and and move it up through the loop.
  7. Now you will bring your finger over the yarn next to your pointed finger and move it back towards the thumb.
  8. It’s time to drop the needle head back down through a loop you have around your thumb. 
  9. You will slowly release your thumb from the loop and pull the yarn.
  10. Keep repeating from step no.5 and make at-least 10 stitches in your long-tail.

No.3 Knit Cast On

You might have watched some movies with grandma using more than two wooden needles for knitting. It’s time to know what she exactly was doing.

  1. Create a slip knot, and move it onto your needle. Keep one needle in your left hand and grab a second on the right one.
  2. Pass the right needle through a loop of left need.
  3. move the right needle under the left one.
  4. Start wrapping yarn around your left needle.
  5. Now you will bring the right needle back through a loop of the left needle.
  6. As you have created a loop on the right needle, it’s time to turn this loop and drop it on the left needle while slowly releasing the loop from your right one.
  7. Pull the yarn and you have successfully casted on a stitch.
  8. continue working from step No.2

No.4 Cable Cast On

  1. Make the first two stitches by following the step-by-step guide of Knitted cast on. Do you have two stitches on your left needle? Great ! move to next steps.
  2. Take the right needle and put it between two stitches, you will bring the right needle under the left needle through the yarn which connects both stitches.
  3. Your working one is with the ball, wrap it around your right needle, which you will bring back through the loops. 
  4. You can see a loop around your right needle, turn and drop it on the left-handle needle and release your right needle slowly from the loop.
  5. Pull the yarn and you will see that two stitches are casted on.
  6. Repeat from step no.2

Go and Start practicing these basic knitting cast on techniques.