The Knit Cast On
This is an excellent cast on for beginners because the stitches are made just like knit stitches. It’s a good all-round cast on for most projects and produces a nice firm edge.
You’ll need two needles for this cast on.
Step 1) Make a Slip Knot
Make a slip knot, leaving a short tail (about 6in) and place it on your left needle.
Step 2) Insert the Right Needle
Insert the tip of the right-hand needle into the slip knot, from the front to the back.
Step 3) Wrap the Working Yarn
Pick up the “working” yarn (that is, the yarn attached to the ball), and wrap it around the tip of the right needle, in a counterclockwise direction. So, the yarn comes from the right to the left, wraps around the tip of the right needle, comes between the two needles and over the right needle. Hold the yarn to the right.
Step 4) Pull the Working Yarn Through the Loop
Now you’re going to draw your right needle back very slowly, while holding the working yarn taught. Using the tip of the right needle, you want to pull the working yarn back through the loop on your left needle. So as you’re pulling your right-hand needle back out of the loop, you’re trying to bring the working yarn with you, to form a new loop or stitch on the right needle.
Step 5) Transfer New Stitch onto Left Needle
Once you have a new stitch on the right needle, insert the tip of your left needle into that new stitch (from front to back) and transfer it to the left needle. You now have two stitches on your left needle.
Step 6) Repeat Until You Have Enough Cast On Stitches
Repeat steps 2-5 until you have the number of stitches that you want (but you’ll be inserting your needle into the first stitch on the needle (not the slip knot).
Watch the Video Tutorial:
To see these steps in action, watch this video by Liat Gat.
(Note: Liat talks about some more advanced techniques in this video. Don’t worry about that for now. Focus on the instructions for knitting the cast on stitches – you’ll appreciate how clear and easy to follow it is).