Casting On

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Garter stitch

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch

Casting on with two needles

This method works only if the first row of knitting will be worked into the back of the stitches in the casting-on row. If you do not do this, the edge of your work will be loopy.

IMake a slip knot and put it onto the left needle. Put the right needle into the loop so that it passes under the left.

Pass the yarn between the needles and take the yarn through the first loop with the right needle.

3 Then pass the second loop from the right needle to the left.

Casting on: thumb method

Many people prefer to cast on using only one needle and their thumb. The short end of the yarn should be at least three times the length of the final cast-on edge.

Make a slipknot with your yarn (see page 30), leaving a tail that is long enough to cast-on the number of stitches required. Place the loop on your thumb, and insert the point from the right needle into the loop.

With your right hand, wrap the yarn around the point of the needle and between the thumb.

Draw through the loop on the thumb, then slip the loop over the edge of the needle (thereby knitting the loop).This makes a stitch.

Repeat until the required number of stitches is on the needle.

Between-the-stitch method

Also known as the rib or cable method, this makes a strong edge and is more decorative than the other casting-on methods, though it may not be as elastic. Follow the method for casting on with two needles for the first two stitches, then make the remaining stitches as follows.

1 Place the right needle between the first and second stitches.

Knit the loop by passing the yarn between the needles and then taking the yarn through the first loop with the right needle as before.

3 Place this new stitch with the other stitches on the left needle. Repeat until the required number of stitches is made.

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