Knitting How-to: Casting On

In this video Myles shows how to do a long-tail cast-on. In order to do this cast-on you need to make sure to have at least 4 times the finished width of your project in yarn length to have enough to create your stitches.

  1. Drape the end of your yarn over your left thumb and the side of the yarn attached to the ball will be draped over your index finger.
  2. Place your knitting needle under the yarn that is between your thumb and index finger. Gently pull that yarn over towards your thumb and put your needle under the loop on your thumb and then gently pull it towards your index finger and wrap your needle under the yarn on your index finger and pull it back through the loop that is on your thumb. Gently pull the yarn ends up to tighten your stitches. The first time you do this, you will get two stitches onto your needle. For every other time you do this procedure, you will get one more stitch on your needle.
  3. To make your third stitch, pull the needle towards your thumb, putting the end of the needle under the loop of yarn, back towards the index finger, wrapping around the finger yarn and pulling it back through the thumb yarn loop.  Gently oull on the yarn ends to tighten up your stitch to the needle.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you have the desired amount of stitches onto your needle.

Although it’s not the easiest method to cast-on once you have finished your knitting you will really be able to appreciate the beauty of the long-tail cast-on. 

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