If you’ve never knit before and are wanting to learn, this cast on is the perfect place to start! Simple and easy, quick and practical, this method is all you need to start your project on the right foot.

I’m not even sure what the official name for this method is… All I know is that it’s definitely the easiest!

What you’ll need:

– two knitting needles

– yarn of your choice

As you will with most of your projects, start off by creating a slip knot. We have a tutorial here if you’re not sure how.

Place your slip knot onto your needle,

and tighten it up by pulling the tail and the working yarn in separate directions.

Take the working yarn into the palm of your hand and wrap your fingers around it. Holding your hand palm facing down, keep your thumb on top of the yarn.

Now, roll your fist away from yourself, simultaneously turning your palm upwards. This should wrap the yarn around your thumb. When looking at your palm-upwards hand, the yarn should be traveling through your fingers, past the left side of your thumb, around the back and then on to the needle.

Now bring the needle downwards, crossing the yarn over itself.

Next, point your needle up towards your thumb and pass the point of the needle under the loop that has been formed on your thumb.

Finally, slip your thumb out and you’ll be left with something that looks like the image above.


Tighten by tugging on your working yarn and you’ve completed the first cast on stitch!


Continue casting on until you have the number of stitches needed for your project.

And, that’s it! Above is what this cast on looks like once you’ve knit into it. It creates a nice twisted/braided effect. Its not the most stable cast on but if you’re looking for stretch, this will do the trick.

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Emma Knopp