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Basic Knitting: “Casting On” and Knitting Your First Row



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let's learn some basic skills for

casting on and for knitting our first

row what we'll do to begin is make a

slipknot when you make a slipknot you

make a loop and then through that loop

you take your first finger and your

thumb and you grab the yarn from the

long end and pull it through now you

have an adjustable Slipknot now you'll

take your needle one of your needles and

you'll put it through this lip top

you'll take this long and I'm sorry this

short end here it's just going to be a

little tail that hangs off the side

you'll never really work with that the

next part this is called casting on when

you're adding stitches to your needle

for your first row let's say my project

requires ten stitches to begin so I have

this is counted as one stitch this

slipknot to make a new stitch you'll go

under this first stitch through the back

notice that I didn't go under the stitch

but I went through it to the back of the

needle I take my long and that's not the

long one I take my long yarn that's

attached to my ball there and I go

around the back of that needle and then

I'll tilt it somewhat to the side so

that Oh popping through there is that

yarn that I just wrapped around now the

first graders they learned for knitting

that you slide this off but if you slide

it off then you're still only left with

one stitch so what you'll do is this

part right here you'll put it back onto

that first needle and now you'll have

two stitches

let's do another one so you'll go under

and through the back take this here wrap

it around pull it through and now you'll

put it back on that first needle now you

have three stitches there's a little

rhyme that we do with the first graders

and it goes like this

under the root around the dome catch I

Taunton and bring it home let's watch

that again around the dome catch I

didn't bring it

Oh sometimes you kind of catch other

things with it so I'll redo that stitch

I went into that yarn let's try that

again under the root Taunton and bring

it home a good tip is to keep your hands

high up on the needle sometimes the

children are tempted to knit way down

here and you don't have as much control

all of the action is happening at the

very tips of the needle another thing to

remember is well this hand is a very

helpful tool for keeping the needles in

place so that this hand is free to make

the movement of the yarn going around

what I also do sometimes I use this

pointer finger so this can be the

trickiest part is catching the yarn as

you pull it through that pointer finger

can help guide it through and then

you'll be able to put it back on

let's count our stitches how many do we

have now one two three four five six all

right we have four more to make catch at

Taunton bring it home all right now that

you have your row and you're ready to

begin the first row the stitches are

always a little tight and awkward and

then it loosens up a little bit over

time so this first row sometimes this

first stitch is confusing you want your

work that is already complete in your

left hand

and in your right hand this is always

the working needle that's transferring

over so this first stitch your yarn is

going to be coming out to the right side

and then your right needle will go under

just as we did earlier we go under the

root take an arn from this side around

the Doane same thing use that pointer

finger catch a Taunton ah but instead of

bringing it home and putting it back on

we're just going to slip it off and

bring it oh it seems kind of scary but

that's how it that's how it goes under

the root around the dome catch Taunton

and bring it home notice my hands are at

the tops of the needles still and my

stitches are just slowly scooting up

towards the top under the root around

the dome catch a Taunton and bring it

around the dome catch a Thompson and

bring it home so you'll do that until

you reach the end of the row and you'll

just keep repeating that over and over

the thing that the first graders often

have a hard time with is knowing how to

start their row once they've finished so

I'm on my 10th stitch I have finished my

last stitch in the row and then we say

no now what ah right I switch the

finished work to my left hand I take my

empty needle into my right hand and I

start again remember having the long

string coming out to the right and then

stitching again you go on your next row

happy knitting