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How to Knit The Backward Loop Cast On

music in video is from demo 2008 by (Latch\xe9 Swing) / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Do you knit left handed? Click here for the left handed verson!

This video knitting tutorial will help you learn how to knit the backward loop cast on. The backward loop cast on is one of the simplest ways to cast on and one of the few that does not begin with a slip-knot. However, this method is often difficult to keep an even tension with when knitting from it. It is a good cast on stitch for beginners because it is quick and easy to learn. It is also great for sweaters and socks because it is stretchy, and for lace projects because it does not have an edge to detract from the pattern.

Also known as: loop cast on, e-wrap cast on, wrapped cast on, single cast on, thumb cast on.

Skill: Beginner


Step 1: Take your knitting needle and the tail of your yarn in your dominant hand. Make sure there is few inches on your tail so you can sew it in later.

Tip: You can begin with a slip knot if you wish, but it is not necessary.

Step 2: Grab your yarn with your other hand and stretch it out a few inches from your needle.

Step 3: Take your index finger and wrap the yarn around it. You can use your thumb instead if you prefer. Begin by going over the top, to under, and then around to the top again. You should now have a loop on your finger.

Step 4: Slide your knitting needle into the side of the loop, next to your finger.

Step 5: Pull your finger out of the loop and tighten the yarn onto the needle.

Repeat steps 3-5 until you have cast on the number of stitches required by our pattern.

Example of the Backward Loop Cast On

Example of the Backward Loop Cast On