How to Cast on for a Knitted Project

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When casting on for a knitted project, the long-tail cast-on method is probably the fastest way to do so. Quickly cast on for your knitted project with tips from an award-winning knitter in this free video on knitting techniques.

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Hello. I'm Serena Nelson. I've been knitting for about five years now. What I want to talk about today is casting on for a knitted project. To cast on, you will need your needles and your yarn. Now, this method that I amusing to cast on is called a long tail cast on. And it's probably the most widely used cast on for knitted projects. And it's probably the fastest way to cast on, and once you kind of get the technique down, it's really quite simple. So, you're going to start out with your yarn, and when casting on you're going to once again, have a long tail. And you need to make sure that you start out with your tail long enough to accommodate all the stitches you're going to cast on. A good rule of thumb would be one inch per stitch, for casting on. So, if you're casting on fifteen stitches, you want to start with about fifteen inches. You can always cut off the extra, but if you don't allow enough to start with, you're going to have to unravel it and start over. So, when you cast on you're going to start with a slip knot. And a slip knot, is you just twist your yarn, like that and grab this lower one and you're creating a little loop and you're going to put that on your needle and you're going to tighten it a bit. One thing when you're casting on is you do not want to cast on too tightly. Otherwise, working your first row of stitches is difficult and you could end with also uneven edges. So, you don't want to cast on too tightly. So, once you have your slip knot on your needle, you want to take your two strings of yarn. The tail one can go here, and you're going to just kind of create the little upside down, or I mean an A there. And your first step is you hold your needle in your right hand, have your finger on this stitch to kind of keep it in place. You're going to take your needle down and when you pull your hand down, you're creating a little loop. You're going to come up through that loop, over across to this piece of yarn, and pull it through. And at that point, you're going to king of let go of your yarn and tighten it just a bit. And once again, you have your little A, you bring it down, you bring your needle up through that loop, on your thumb side, over across, grab your yarn over there, and pull that back through that loop. And then at that point you can release your thumb from the loop and tighten slightly on your yarn. So, once again you pull your hand down, creating a loop, take your needle up through the loop, over, grab the yarn and pull that yarn back through that loop, off of your thumb. And you will just continue this process, till you have however many stitches are needed for your pattern. Once again, I'm Serena Nelson, and I've just showed you how to do the long tail cast on.

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