You may have seen your mother or grandmother sit by the fireplace, knitting away. You may have thought to yourself how you can become as proficient as them in your knitting desires. The process of knitting is slow initially but picks up pace as you practice and learn.
How to Cast on Knitting for Beginners
The easiest stitch is the long tail cast on for beginners via the thumb method.
- Know the amount of yarn you require before beginning your stitching endeavor. The measurement of the yarn depends upon what you are trying to make, thus it will vary in every case. However, at least have 1 inch for each stitch. This means if you plan for 10 stitches, leave at least 10 inches of yarn on the tail-end.
- Hold the yarn ball in your right hand and keep the tail-end on the left.
- Make a slipknot. Take the tail-end of the yarn, and lay it over the ball-end, creating a loop, while leaving a bit of tail-end yarn on the left to suffice for your usage. Take the remaining tail-end of the yarn and bring it up from behind the loop. Put the two fingers of your other hand and pull the tail end from within the loop in the form of a hoop. Tighten it. Your slip knot is ready.
- Grab your knitting needle, and put it through the loop of the slipknot, and continue tightening it further. However, do not bring the yarn completely in contact with the needle – keep it a bit loose. Congratulations on making your first cast on stitch.
- Next, grab your knitting needle in your right hand, while holding the tail-end of the yarn in your left hand; precisely in the 4 fingers of your left hand.
- Take your left thumb and wrap the yarn around it loosely so that it forms a loop.
- Take the spiked end of the needle and push it through this loop.
- Grab the needle with your left hand too. Thus, resulting in 2 of the left hand’s fingers grasping the tail-end of the yarn, while the other two hold the knitting needle.
- Take the ball-end of the yarn in your right hand and wrap it around the needle.
- Next, retake your thumb loop and push the needle through it.
- Let your thumb free and pull on the tail-end and ball-end of the yarn to tighten the loop.
- Continue this process until you get your desired number of stitches.
- Remember, the tail end of the yarn will continue to get shorter and shorter with each stitch. Thus, it is imperative that you approximate the length of yarn required correctly so that the right number of stitches can be achieved.
How to Cast on Knitting with Two Needles
Knitting a long tail cast on using two needles produces wide stitches, which are exactly what we need for many specific stitches, e.g. the brioche stitch.
- For this, you will need 2 stitching needles and a ball of your favorite yarn.
- Grab the ball of yarn with your right hand and leave sufficient tail-end of the yarn for your stitching needs. For example, if you are knitting a scarf that is roughly 5 inches wide, multiply your measurement by 3. This makes 15 inches of yarn – which is the adequate amount of tail-end yarn you should leave.
- Make a slip knot on one of your needles. For this, first make a hoop by putting the tail end of the yarn over the ball end. Push the tail end through the hoop and tighten it. You have successfully made your slip knot, which will also serve as your first stitch.
- Next, pass one of the knitting needles between the arch of the slipknot and tighten it further, but not completely.
- Hold the knitting needle with the slipknot in your right hand.
- Take your second knitting needle and insert it into your first stich (i.e. the slipknot). Ensure that the right needle remains behind your left needle.
- Take the yarn and wrap it in an anti-clockwise motion around the right needle.
- Pull the right needle through. This elongates the hoop around the needle.
- Twist your right needle slightly.
- Next, elevate your right needle up to the spiked end of the left needle, and pass its loop other the left needle.
- As the loop strolls down, tighten it a bit. This becomes your second stitch via cast on stitching.
- Continue with the steps of the second stitch for all the other stitches you need for your stitching project.
- Remember, do not remove the second needle until you are fulfilled with the amount of stitches you have on your knitting needles.