Casting on Knitting Stitches

Casting on knitting stitches creates a foundation row of stitches so that you can start knitting and there are many ways to do it.

Once you've made a slip knot on your needle, which is like an anchor for adding more knitting stitches, you simply cast on the rest of your stitches.

So you'll need to choose the cast on you're most comfortable with to get started knitting.

There are so many ways to cast on stitches in knitting. So to keep it simple I'm going to show you the simplest and most popular ways to cast on for now. 

Casting on knitting stitches

Then you can choose which one you like. 

Later on as you continue learning to knit and building your knitting skills you may like to try other ways of casting on. 

Some cast on knitting methods are good all purpose methods to learn and can be used for most projects. In fact some knitters learn one way and use it always.

However once you are more comfortable knitting you may want to experiment with some cast on methods to find one that has:

  • a firmer cast on edge
  • a more elastic edge or
  • an open lacy edge.

Note: There are many great knitters who have created videos on YouTube. I have chosen only the best ones to help demonstrate these casting on knitting techniques.

Of course there are some knitters that just prefer speed when they cast on so they may choose a quicker method to get those stitches on their knitting needle.

Which method is quickest?

Or which is the easiest?

What matters the most is what you feel comfortable with and which one you like. Try them all and see what you think.

OK are you ready to start?

Once again these three cast on methods are quite simple to learn and excellent all purpose cast ons.

Three Casting On Knitting Techniques

The single cast on

This way is probably the easiest cast on method to learn. 

The long tail cast on

This one is the quickest but can be tricky to learn. It is fun though. Have a look. 

The knitted cast on

This method is the one I learned way back when. I like it and it's a nice alternative.

Choosing a cast on knitting method is all about what you like so just experiment with these cast on methods and choose the one you feel most comfortable with.

Then when you have all the stitches you need on your needle you can learn the very first stitch the knit stitch.

I'll let you in on a secret.

The knit stitch is my favorite stitch. I just love it! With just this one stitch you can create beautiful knitting treasures.

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