Casting on knitting stitches creates a foundation row of stitches for your knitting and there are many ways to do it.
Once you have a slip knot on your needle, which is kind of like an anchor for adding more knitting stitches you just have to choose the cast on knitting method that you like.
And there are many ways to cast on stitches. But…I will show you the simplest knitting cast on methods and then you can choose which one you like.
Casting on Knitting Stitches – A Little Introduction
Some knitting cast on methods are good all purpose methods to learn and can be used for most projects. In fact some knitters learn one way and use it always.
However once you’re more comfortable knitting you may want to experiment with some cast on methods to find one that has:
- a firmer cast on edge
- a more elastic edge or
- an open lacy edge.
Of course…there are some knitters that just prefer speed when they cast on so they may choose a quicker method to get those stitches on their knitting needle.
Which method is quickest?
Or which is the easiest?
What matters the most is what you feel comfortable with and which one you like. Try them all and see what you think.
OK are you ready to start?
Once again these three cast on methods are quite simple to learn and excellent all purpose cast-ons.
Note: There are many great knitters who have created videos on YouTube. I have chosen only the best ones to help demonstrate these casting on knitting methods.
The single cast on
The single cast on method is probably one of the easiest cast-ons to learn.
This long tail cast on is one of the most popular and quickest but can be tricky to learn. It is fun though.
The knitted cast on
This method is the one I learned when I learned how to knit. I like it and it’s a nice alternative.
Choosing a casting on knitting method is all about what you like and what you’re comfortable with so just experiment to find the ones you like.
Then when you have all the stitches you need on your needle you can head over to my knitting instructions page and start learning some knitting stitches starting with the very first stitch the knit stitch
I’ll let you in on a secret.
The knit stitch is my favorite stitch. It’s also called Garter stitch and I just love it! With just this one stitch you can create beautiful knitting treasures.