Knit Cast On Tutorial with Marly Bird

Cast-on your stitches is a breeze with the Knit Cast-On Tutorial with Marly Bird. This simple cast-on mimics the knit stitch. This makes it an easy way for beginner knitters to achieve quick success casting stitches onto a knitting needle.

How to Knit a knitted cast on Video Tutorial with Marly Bird

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Have you ever looked to see how many ways you can cast on your next knitting project? I honestly don’t even know the answer, but there are a LOT. Each method of casting on serves its own purpose. My go-to cast on for beginner knitters when not specified in the pattern, is the knit cast on.

This beginner-friendly cast on is a great place to start when you first pick up your needles and yarn.

Cast on, Bind off: What’s the difference?

The cast on is the beginning of your project where you load the stitches onto your needle. The bind off is the end of your project where you remove the stitches from your needle.

The cast on is important because it determines the foundation of your project. There are different cast-on methods that you can choose from. The one you choose depends on the type of project you’re making and the desired outcome. Some cast on methods provide a stretchy edge, while others create a firmer edge. It’s essential to choose the right cast on for your project to ensure that your stitches don’t unravel.

On the other hand, the bind off is crucial because it provides a finished edge to your project. Like cast-on, there are different bind off methods to choose from depending on the desired outcome of your project. Some bind off methods are stretchy, while others are firm. It’s important to choose the right bind off method. This ensures that your project has a polished look and doesn’t unravel.

While the cast-on starts your project and the bind off ends it, both are equally important for a successful project. Understanding different cast-on and bind-off methods will help you to create a professional-looking and secure finished project.

The Knitted Cast On:

The knit cast on is a popular method for beginner knitters – it’s easy to learn and creates a sturdy foundation for your project. This cast on mimics the motion of a knit stitch. This makes it an excellent choice for beginners who are just getting comfortable with the knitting technique.

To perform the knitted cast-on, you’ll need to know how to do a knit stitch. First, you will make a slip knot and place it on your needle. Then, insert your needle into the slip knot as if you were going to knit a stitch. Instead of completing the knit stitch, swivel the left-hand needle in front of the loop you just pulled up on your right-hand needle and scoop it up to transfer that loop to the left-hand needle. This creates a twist at the bottom of the loop (which is now a cast-on stitch) to keep it stable. You now have a new stitch on your left-hand needle.

Repeat this process for the desired number of stitches. Always work into the NEWEST STITCH on the left-hand needle to begin each time. Remember to keep the tension consistent throughout and always swivel and scoop. The resulting stitches should be even and not floppy. This makes it easy to work into them as you begin your knitting.

Benefits of the Knit Cast-On:

One of the benefits of the knit cast-on is that can be used for a wide range of knitting projects. It creates a firm edge that is suitable for most projects. The resulting stitches are easy to work into, making it a great choice for beginners starting to explore knitting.

The knit cast on is an excellent choice for beginner knitters wanting to create a sturdy foundation for their projects. Give it a try and see how it can improve your knitting!

How to Knit the Knit Cast-On Video Tutorial:


Check out some beginner knitting patterns that use the knit cast-on:

Gerri hat pattern by Marly Bird using knit cast on.
Gerri Hat Pattern
FREE Knit Beginner Hat-Absolute Beginner Chunky Hat - Marly Bird
It's So Suite Knit Hat - one ball project by Marly Bird using the knit cast on.

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