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Video:Knitting 101: How to Cast On

with Lisa of Harlem Knitting Circle

To begin any knitting project, one must learn how to cast on, which creates loops on the needle. See a simple way to start your project and cast on.See Transcript

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Transcript:Knitting 101: How to Cast On

Hi, I'm Njoya Angrum, founder and director of The Harlem Knitting Circle, at The New York Public Library, Harlem Branch her for about.com. Today, we're going to show you how to cast on.

Hi, I'm Lisa with the Harlem Knitting Circle, and I am going to show you how to cast on. Which means, getting the stitches on the needle. There's several ways to cast on. Many of them start with what is called a slip knot. Here is how I make my slip-knot. Twist.

Create a Cast On Slip Knot

You know it's a slip-knot because it comes out. If it's not a slip knot – if it's actually a knot, you will make a knot. Here's how to make a slip-knot. I drape the yarn over my fingers. Twist it, forming an X. I reach down, grab one of the loops, pull it up through. There's my slip-knot.

The Knitting Cast On

I'm going to take that slipknot and I'm going to put it on my knitting needle. We're doing what is called the knitted cast on. So I am actually holding both needles to do this. I'm right handed so I have my working needle in my right hand, that means the empty needle. I insert my needle into that slip-knot, as if to knit, which means those 2 needle tips, are pointing in the same direction through that hole. I'm going to let this short tail of yarn hang toward the side. I don't want to work with that. I want to work with the yarn that's attached to my ball. I wrap the yarn around the needle. Knitting the stitch, I pull that stitch through and then I have 2 stitches.

The goal is to get the stitch from here over to here. So, I am going to transfer it, as if to knit. Which means both needles are pointing in the same direction – through that hole. Snug it up just a little bit and then make another one. I insert my needle into the stitch that is closest to the tip, wrap the yarn around, pull that stitch through – slide it up on the girth of this needle giving it its size, transfer it over to the left hand needle. Again, insert, wrap the yarn around, pull that new stitch through. Transfer it over to the other needle, and snug it up just a bit – not too tight. You want it to be able to move freely because you're going to have to be able to get back into each of those stitches.

I take my other knitting needle, the empty knitting needle, I insert through this stitch, as if to knit. Wrap the yarn around the back, pull that stitch through. I have to stitches – the goal is to get this one over to here. This is how I do it.

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