I’m on my way! I used knit instructions found in the books Stitch ‘n Bitch and Getting Started Knitting and taught myself how to cast on knitting. I also watched a great tutorial video at knittinghelp.com which gave me a tip on how to cast on without doing a slip knot (which seems to make your first stitch less lumpy.
How to Cast On Knitting – Video
Here is a video I made showing the technique I learned. I thought it would be fun for you to see me learning and maybe help someone else learn as well. And yes I’m in my pajamas, I do my knitting practice late at night when the kiddos are in bed.
Knit Instructions – with photos
In case it is easier for you to follow along with pictures, I photographed the casting on process as well:
Step 1: Measure out approximately three times the width of your project and hold the yarn at the point forming an upside-down “U” with the short end towards you.
Step 2: Slide your thumb and index finger between the two yarn ends and grasp the tails with your bottom fingers.
Step 3: Slide the knitting needle underneath the yarn and hold tight with your right hand index finger.
Step 4: Pull the yarn down leaving a loop by your thumb and a loop by your index finger.
Step 5: Bring the needle up through the inside of the loop on your thumb.
Step 6: Bring the needle down through the inside of the loop on your index finger.
Step 7: Pull the needle (with the new yarn loop on it) back through the loop on your thumb, going back out the way you came in.
Step 8: Slide your left thumb out of the loop.
Step 9: Pull the yarn end taut with your left thumb (not TOO tight though).
Step 10: Repeat for the # of stitches you need for your easy knitting project. Make sure you leave the cast-on stitches loose or you will have a hard time knitting the first row.