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How to CAST ON Knitting for Total Beginners



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hey I'm Davina from sheep and Stitch and

today I'll show you the long tail cast

on using the thumb method this is a

great beginner cast on and we'll go

through it step by step

alright real quick let's talk beginner

materials so I'm using Lion brand's

hometown in the color Fort Lauderdale

coral this is a bulky weight acrylic

yarn and I always recommend thicker

yarns for beginners because they're

easier to hold on to and I'll throw a

link to this yarn down in the

description I'm also using 10 millimeter

bamboo needles I'm a big fan of bamboo

or wooden needles because both these

needles have nice surface drag that

grips the yarn and makes it less

slippery to work with okay now let's get

on to casting on alright so first we

need to determine how much yarn we need

and this is pretty easy so if you know

you want to knit a scarf that's like 5

inches wide then you'll just multiply

that by 3 ok so that would be 15 inches

so let's just say I'm gonna knit a scarf

that's 5 inches wide I'm gonna you know

eyeball about 15 inches of yarn and

that's where I'm going to start my cast

on so like let's say that's like here

okay it's just for the sake of making

things easier once I figured out my

point where I want my cast on to be then

I'm gonna make a slipknot okay so what

is a slipknot super easy I'm going to

make a loop with my yarn just like this

alright so how did I do that I just took

like held my yarn like this in my two

hands and kind of brought my hands

together okay and made a loop just like

that right about a big but a boom right

about a big but a boom that's it okay a

little loop then I'm going to take my

strand of yarn here and bring it behind

the loop okay so that it kind of divides

my loop in half okay so I'm gonna just

hold that in place there then I'm gonna

take my finger and just pick out that

strand of yarn from my loop and pull it

out and there you go now I've got a

slipknot pretty cool right so let's do

that again alright no slip knot and now

I'm going to make a loop okay just like

this and I'm gonna hold that loop

take my strand of yarn bring it behind

the loop so that it is kind of in the

middle of the loop that I'm gonna just

take out that strand of yarn from my

loop yeah there we go

so now there's my slipknot all right so

I'm gonna take my needle I'm gonna put

it into my Slipknot just like that right

now my Slipknot is sitting on my needle

and I'm going to grab these two strands

of yarn and just pull them so that the

slip knot tightens around my needle it's

nice and snug oh yeah so now I've got my

Slipknot

all right so what I'm gonna do now is

I'm gonna take my finger and just put it

down on the Slipknot you can use two

fingers if you want I just want to make

sure that this Slipknot isn't like

rolling around when we're casting on

okay so just use your right hand and

just you know put it down on that stitch

so that it's nice and secure all right

let's get started first I'm gonna take

my left hand hello and I'm gonna go

underneath this strand of yarn on the

front and I'm gonna grab it with my four

fingers kind of like I'm making like a

thumbs up sign okay then I'm gonna take

my thumb and I'm gonna go behind that

strand of yarn and then up so it's kind

of looped around my thumb

okay so I'll show you that again left

hand underneath the strand of yarn grab

it thumb goes behind that strand of yarn

and we're going to twist it onto the

thumb cool now we're gonna take our

needle and we're gonna touch the front

of our thumb and go into the loop that

our thumb has made alright just like

that so let's do that again here's my

needle I'm going to touch the front of

my thumb and go into the loop on my

thumb cool all right so now this strand

of yarn that's attached to our ball of

yarn it wants to get some action to

right it's been kind of left out of this

game so we're gonna take that strand of

yarn wrap it around our needle okay so

from the back to the front okay and then

I'm going to take this loop on my thumb

bring it over the needle and then drop

everything let it all go

take the Strand of yarn in the front

pull it down all right and that is our

first cast on stitch using the longtail

cast on

pretty cool right so this is I know this

probably seems really crazy and

confusing and don't worry we're gonna go

through this again a couple times all

right so let's continue all right let's

take our left hand go underneath the

strand of yarn grab it take our thumb go

behind that yarn so we're gonna take our

thumb go behind the yarn pick it up and

kind of twist it so it's around our

thumb then I'm gonna take my needle and

touch the front of my thumb and then go

into the loop okay into the loop that my

thumb has made all right and now I'm

going to take this strand of yarn

attached to my ball of yarn and I'm

gonna go around the needle from the back

to the front okay then you're gonna take

this loop on our thumb and bring it over

our needle let it go pull down and that

is our third cast on stitch so if your

stitches are kind of loose you can just

take both strands of yarn and just pull

them to tighten up that stitch okay so

let's do that again

left hand under the yarn grab it our

thumb goes behind the Strand of yarn and

our needle touches the front of our

thumb goes into the loop and then our

yarn attached to our ball goes behind

the needle to the front the loop on our

thumb we're gonna bring that over the

needle and pull down everything is nice

and tight now pretty cool right so let's

keep on going left hand grab thumb

behind to the front needle touches the

thumb goes through the Lu

yarn attached to the ball goes from

behind the needle to the front loop on

the thumb goes over the needle and pull

down so continue doing this and cast on

the number of stitches that you need for

your pattern and once you have the

number of stitches that you need then

you can start knitting so that's all

there is to the long tail cast on using

the thumb method you know if this is

confusing you and you're like oh my gosh

I can't do this just keep practicing it

it's gonna take you a couple times to

really get it that's perfectly normal

okay so just keep at it and before long

you're gonna have a really nice cast on

that you can start knitting into as

you're casting on you'll notice that the

yarn tail in the front is getting

shorter and shorter remember when we

started it was like really long and

luscious and now it's this tiny little

tail so that's what happens when you

cast on with the long tail cast on this

little strand of yarn gets shorter and

shorter that's why at the very beginning

I mentioned that you should measure out

how much yarn you'll need for your cast

on so that's just a little reminder of

why you need to measure out your yarn

before you start casting on hey thanks

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bye

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