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CASTING ON

 

Please note! It’s important that you cast on very loosely. 

In general it's better to cast on too loose than too tight. 

 

Unwind the yarn to a length of approx. 3 to 4 times the designated width of your work.

  • Wind the yarn around two fingers. Wind over the two fingers again to the back of the first thread. This makes a “cracknel” shape as shown in the image. You can also shape the yarn this way on the table in front of you.

 

  • Use a knitting needle to pull the back thread through the front one to form a loop:

 

  • Pull gently on the end to shape the first loop:

 

  • Hold the knitting needle in the right hand. Wind the loose end of the yarn around the left thumb from front to back:

 

  • Insert the knitting needle between the yarn and the thumb:

 

  • Wind the yarn on the ‘ball end’ around the needle from back to front:

 

  • Pull the loop through to make another stitch:

 

Keep it nice and loose!

 

  • Remove your left thumb and gently pull to secure the stitch:

 

There are now two stitches on your needle. 

For most projects it’s very important that the cast on stitches are big and loose. They should look like they’re a bit too big for the needle. 

Repeat this until you have the desired number of stitches on your left hand needle.

Tip: need to cast on lots of stitches? Pop on a stitch marker every 50 (or 10..) stitches. That saves a lot of effort in counting!

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