The knitted cast on is one of the most basic cast on techniques. It’s a great one for new knitters to learn, because it uses the same motions as the knit stitch.
Knitted Cast On – Photo Tutorial:
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The first thing we need to do is get the yarn onto one of the needles, using a slip knot.
Fold your yarn to make a loop, leaving a 4-6 inch tail. You should have this tail on one side, and the yarn coming from the ball on the other side. The yarn coming from the ball is called your working yarn.
Twist your loop so that the tail yarn is on top.
Reach through that loop and pick up the working yarn.
Holding the ends with one hand, pull the working yarn up through the loop until it makes a knot. You should now have a knot with a loop sticking out of the top. If you pull on the ball end of the yarn, you can adjust the size of the loop.
Place this loop on one of the needles and adjust it so that it is slightly loose and slides easily on the needle. This is now your first stitch.
If you are right handed, hold the needle with the stitch on it in your left hand. Use your index finger to hold the stitch in place.
Insert your right (empty) needle into the stitch from front to back, so that it crosses under the left needle.
Wrap your working yarn around the tip of your right needle, coming from underneath and up over the top in a clockwise motion.
Pull the right needle back out through the stitch, the same way it went in, but scooping up the working yarn as it comes through. This creates a new stitch.
Pull the new stitch up so that it’s quite big. Twist the left needle around and insert it into this new stitch from back to front, placing the new stitch onto the left needle.
Remove the right needle and tighten the stitch. Continue casting on more stitches in this way, until you have the number of stitches you need.