Backward Loop Cast-On

  • This cast-on is arguably the easiest way to get stitches on your needles. It's not super sturdy, and it can be hard to keep an even tension, so it's not ideal for casting on lots of stitches. It does work well when you need to cast on stitches in the middle of row, though!

  • Pro Tip

    • You may also see this cast-on called the "thumb cast-on," the "e cast-on."

    1. 1. Make a slip knot, and slide it onto your needle. This counts as your first stitch.

      Pro Tip

    2. 2. Holding the needle in your right hand, drape the working yarn (the yarn attached to the ball, not your tail!) over your left hand.

    3. 3. Bring your needle over, bringing the needle under your hand as you do, and slide it through the loop on your hand, from left to right.

    4. 4. Pull the end of the working yarn to secure the loop on your needle.

      Pro Tip

      • Don't pull too tightly on your stitches — you want to be able to slide them comfortably back and forth on your needles. If you pull too tight, you'll have trouble getting your needle into the stitch when it's time to start knitting.

    5. 5. Repeat these steps until you have the number of stitches you need on your needle.

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