THE FIRST STEP TO KNITTING IS CASTING ON

This is the term for getting that first row of stitches on to your needle. There are numerous ways to do this, but for beginners, I like to teach the knit cast-on. I have taught many friends to knit. Inevitably, as they learn to knit, they get very good at the knit stitch. But by the time they are ready to start a new project, they’ve forgotten how to cast-on again. So I teach the knit cast-on because it’s so similar to the knit stitch, with just one twist.

Step 1: Start with a slip knot and put the loop on your left needle. Now insert the right needle into that loop from the front to the back and wrap your yarn around the back of the right needle.

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