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Knitting 101: How to Knit the Basic Cast On for Beginners

Knitting 101: How to Knit the Basic Cast On for Beginners

This knitting 101 beginners video tutorial will help you learn how to knit the basic cast on. The cast on is the base of all knitting and attaches the yarn to the needle so you can begin knitting. The basic cast on is also known as the backwards loop cast on. The basic cast on can is a simple, easy to learn cast on that is very stretchy.

Materials Used in this Tutorial

A pair of knitting needles

A ball of yarn

Pattern Instructions

Skill: Beginner

  1. Step 1

    Take knitting needle and hold it in your dominate hand with the shaft in your palm and the tip pointing up.

  2. Step 2

    Take the tail end of the yarn and hold it in you dominate hand parallel to the knitting needle, with the end of the yarn end down.

  3. Step 3

    Take you non dominate hand, grab the working yarn and pull the yarn away from knitting needle so it is perpendicular to the needle.

  4. Step 4

    Hold the working yarn in the palm of your non dominate hand, close four fingers around it, take non dominate thumb and swing it over the top of the yarn and up under it, wrapping the yarn around the thumb.

  5. Step 5

    Take tip of the needle and pick up the loop off the thumb (slide up under loop next to the thumb).

  6. Step 5

    Remove thumb from loop and tighten yarn onto needle so that it is snug but not extremely tight.

Repeat steps 3-6 until you have cast on your desired number of stitches.