Knitting for beginners – casting on

Now you have a slip stitch the next step is to ‘cast on’

To “cast on” means to add the required number of stitches to your knitting needle. Find out how many stitches you need by reading your pattern. Alternatively, if you are just experimenting, start with at least 15 stitches.

There are several different ways to add stitches, but I find the following method the easiest:

cast on knitting tutorial step 1

Take your needle with your first stitch (slip knot) on it in your left hand. Push the other needle behind it, through the back of the loop

cast on knitting tutorial step 2a

Holding the needles in your left hand, with your right hand, wind the yarn around the back of the rear needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 2b

Pull the yarn so it is taut

cast on knitting step 3

Pull the rear (right) needle towards you, catching the wrapped yarn and hooking it through the first stitch

cast on knitting step 4

Lift the right needle upwards so that you now have one loop on each needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 5

Push the left hand needle into the middle of the loop on the right hand needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 6

Now pull the loop across by removing the right hand needle, so that you have two stitches on the left hand needle

cast on knitting tutorial step 7

Just repeat these steps until you have added as many stitches as you need. When you have finished, your stitches will look something like this

Congratulations – you have successfully cast on and added your first row!

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