Back to Basics :: Day Three
Getting down to the real (k)nitty-gritty basics of knitting, here are instructions for the long tail cast on. I love this cast on method because it is a never-fail method that can be done very quickly with practice. For new knitters, the motions might seem a bit awkward at first or you may not leave enough of a tail to work with, but just practice-- it will get better (I promise!) This is my favorite go-to for casting on.
|Ok, you caught me, I'm using the super cheap |
Red Heart yarn... so what?!
|Step 1: Make a slip knot.|
(Yep, that Girl Scout badge on knot tying is
finally coming in handy!)
NOTE: When creating the slip knot, leave enough yarn at the tail end to use for casting on. An easy way to estimate this is to wrap the tail around your needle 1.5x the number of stitches you need to cast on.
|Step 2: Slip the knot onto your needle, pulling to secure it|
(should be tight so there aren't any gaps, but not so
tight that it can't move along the needle).
|Step 3: Grab the tail end (end not attached to ball of yarn) |
with left hand and wrap around thumb and pointer finger,
holding tail in palm of hand.
|Step 4: Lower left hand and angle fingers toward the floor, |
swinging needle in right hand under loop in left hand (see arrow.)
|So it looks like this...|
|Step 5: Still keeping left fingers around original loop, grab |
working yarn (attached to ball) and wrap clockwise
around needle, passing over original loop.
|Step 6: Slide left fingers out of loop and slip the original loop up and |
over the needle (and over the new wrap you did in step 5).
This method for casting on is widely accepted and used, and I use it for all my projects unless otherwise instructed. Enjoy!