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« on: October 24, 2004 02:17:24 PM »

i can knit.. i can purl.. but HOW DO I CAST ON??? Huh


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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2004 02:23:36 PM »

here's the best explanation I can give:
have your needle in your right hand. make a knotted circle for the first stitch and put in on the needle. take the yarn in your left hand and grab it with your hand facing away from you and twist it around so your palm is facing you. this will kinda encircle your palm with the yarn (the end going back to the ball of yarn should be feeding out the right side of your palm). take your needles and slide it under the yarn that is across your palm (slide from the bottom up) and pull tight-ish onto the needles, so that larger loop that was just on your palm is now on your needle. and then, you know, wash, rinse, repeat.

does that make sense? anyone have a better explanation?

« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2004 02:36:50 PM »

Hooray for streaming video!


Edit:  Oh darn!  That wasn't what I thought it was  Sad

http://www.arcadiaknitting.com/caston.htm has a great tutorial though!
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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2004 05:01:31 PM »

I don't know why but casting on took me forever to get.  I spent a two hour knitting class trying to learn to cast on, giving up, and never going to back to the class. I finally taught myself using this site:


Now if I could just remember how to purl I'll be alright (i keep learning how and then forgetting very quickly)

« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2004 11:47:57 PM »

Casting on can be hard when yiou are first learning.  Try www.stitchguide.com   They have great videos that will show you how - or go to your lys and they should be happy to help you out.
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2004 10:54:05 PM »

gosh...i just make a slipknot and then slide it onto my needle.....hold the needle in a fist kinda with your thumbnail a little short of the tip of the needle.....then wrap from underneath the needle up the left side and over to the right in a circle (aka clockwise) and wrap it with the yarn going over your thumb the first time around and then wrap with the yarn going over just the needle above your thumb for the second time and then tilt your thumb so that the yarn that is on it goes over the top of the needle and pull snug and repeat the wraps for each cast on stitch
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