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Guest Tutorial: Casting On


Judy Graham, Hollywood knitter to the stars, shares a video tutorial for how to cast on for knitting. Her technique uses two needles to cast on with ease. With over fifty years of hand-knitting experience, you can trust her!


Casting on is the first step in knitting. Casting on means putting stitches on to the needle. There are many different ways to Cast on, but this is how I learned and to me it seems the easiest. Here is how to do my 2 NEEDLE CAST ON:

  1. Make a loop over the needle and tie it. This will be your first stitch.
  2. Hold the needle in your LEFT hand pointing to the RIGHT.
  3. Place your left thumb on top of the needle and your left index finger below the needle. (Your thumb should be closer to you and the index finger away from you.) Hold the dangling yarn taut over your right index and below your right ring finger.
  4. With your right hand guide the right needle up through the loop on the left needle.
  5. With your right hand put the yarn over the right needle, pull that needle downward while pulling the yarn with it under, pull it forward, twist it up onto left needle. You should now have 2 stitches on left needle.
  6. Continue to cast on till you have 20 stitches (or more) to practice on.



You are now ready to knit!

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