In this knitting lesson you will learn how to cast on. Before learning how to cast on you will want to know how to tie a slip knot. As long as you know how to tie a slip knot, this is a fairly simple project. If you do not know how go to Knitting: Part 1.
– Knitting Needles
– Working Yarn: This refers to the yarn that is connected to the ball of yarn.
– Tail: The tail is the extra yarn from the slip knot; I sometimes refer to this as the shorter piece of yarn. Leave this yarn there but do not use it unless noted. It is important so do not cut it.
-Slip Knot: A slip knot is a knot that can be easily undone by simply pulling the tail.
-Cast On: Casting on determines the length or width of your project.
Step 1: Start by sticking your needle into the slipknot. Then cross the yarn in between the needles.
Step 2: This is a more complicated step. In this step you will need to take the needle on the *right and duck it under the yarn in the middle.
Step 3: Now, you will slip the stitch (the loop on the right needle) onto the *left needle.
Step 4: To finish casting on, you will repeat steps 1-4 but, instead of inserting the needle into the slip knot you will insert the needle into the most recent stitch.
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*These directions are designed for those that are right-handed. If you are left handed flip-flop the left/right directions so that the instructions are accurate.