It is time to talk about one more method in the knitting process. The knitting cast-on method is a must when you are planning to knit, and in this article, we will talk about the easy cast on knitting, which is best suited to the beginners and can be used by all people.
How to cast on knitting is the common question for beginner. The knitting cast-on method is excellent for beginners for many reasons, and one of them is that it shows you how the individual stitches are made. Basically, you are learning two things at once, stitch construction and a useful technique.
The knitting cast on is easy to do, but before we move on how to do it and show you step by step, let’s talk about why this method is so useful in the knitting process.
Benefits of Knitted Cast On
- Knitting cast on method creates an elastic cast-on.
- This method teaches you garter stitch formation.
- The amount of stitches to be cast-on is unlimited, and you can keep doing it as long as you want.
- Unlike the long-tail cast-on, this method uses only a single strand of working yarn.
- You do not need to measure yarn to work with the cast-on method.
- You can easily use this technique to add stitches at the start of the row.
- This method can be used in the middle of the row.
- You can use this method on many different projects that require a stretchy cast-on.
- You can quickly learn this technique even if you are new to the knitting and beginning to learn the process.
- This method is one of the stress-free to cast on in the knitting process.
As you can see, there are a lot of benefits to this method. If you are looking for a drawback of this method then we can provide you with one, It is not the fastest cast-on method available. But with patience and practice, speed will come for sure, so keep your focus and do not give up.
Let’s take a quick look at the knitting style before we start to guide you about the cast-on in knitting.
In knitting, there are two methods you can follow. The English/American Style and German/Continental Style. The only difference between the two styles is that in an English style, you hold the working yarn in the right hand while in the German style, you hold the working yarn in the left hand. Other than that, there is no significant difference, and both methods are known for producing some beautiful knitted products.
Knitting style is not much of an importance for this knitting tutorial. However, we are using the American Knitting Style, which is commonly known as English Knitting. This style is known by many other names such as right-handed knitting and throwing, but not to worry as all of them represent the same knitting style that has been used for this cast-on.
How Do You Cast-On in Knitting
Step no. 1
Stitch a slip knot and then cinch it onto your knitting needle. Making it tight will only increase the difficulty to begin, so try to avoid it.
Step no. 2
Holding the alpha needle (working needle) in your left hand, insert your other needle for the first stitch. Holding your working needle in your left hand, insert your empty needle into the first stitch. Do this as would be the case if to knit the stitch.
Step no. 3
Try Wrapping the yarn around the needle as would be the case if to knit. If you’re a beginner, wrap the yarn counter-clockwise and over the top of the right knitting needle.
Step no. 4
Next, you need to knit into the stitch, but keeping it on the needle. Do not let it slip off, pulling the loop up and towards you gently.
If you’re giving some length, it is okay as you will end up fixing it close in the following steps.
Step no. 5
Try twisting the loop in the right direction. It will open the stitch for the next step.
Step no. 6:
Try inserting your left needle into the loop from front to back. Or we can say, move your left needle point through the loop on your right needle.
As the loop is on the left needle, it will be safe to drop it from the right. Slowly begin to cinch it closed.
Cast-On In the Middle of the Row
To be honest, there are going to be times when you would want to cast on stitches during knitting. For example, if you are knitting a flower, then you will need to cast off or bind off the edges of the petal. It may seem problematic, but in reality, it is quite easy to cast on knitting stitches in the middle of your knitting.
How to Cast-On in the Middle of the Row
When you want to add stitches to a row on your pattern, keep your work in the left hand. Since your work is already attached to the needles, you will not require the addition of a slip knot.
Work the following stitch, as described in steps 2 to 7. Then repeat the steps as many times you want to create the required number of stitches.
What to do After Casting On
In the end, when you have finished casting on then, you can carry on with your knitting on the project. There is no need to do something extra or special, as your work will already be in your hand. All you have to do is knit or purl as per the requirements of your pattern.
That’s it, and you have finally learned how to start the knitting cast on and how to add stitches in the middle of the row. It is an easy process that will help your knitting to make more beautiful and unique. Knitting is a fun hobby that lets you spend time on creating beautiful and unique stuff, so keep learning and keep producing awesome products.