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!