In this post, you will learn how to cast on stitches in knitting – the thumb cast on.
There are many different ways of casting on, one of the easiest for beginners to learn is the cast on thumb method.
To learn more about the various ways you can cast on, visit this post here – Knitting Cast On Methods.
To see more tutorials please visit the knitting course here – Knitting Lessons.
How To Cast On Stitches In Knitting
This is a variation of the long tail cast on method.
The thumb method is really easy for beginners (I have a video tutorial you can see in this post for how to do this).
Once you practice and learn how to do this, it is a very quick way of casting on stitches.
You can see a step by step tutorial below:
Thumb Cast On Method
How To Cast On Stitches In Knitting (The Thumb Method)
- Making A Slipknot
Leave a long tail of yarn – this is important, as you need the tail to be able to cast on the stitches.
If you have many stitches to cast on in your pattern, this will need to be quite long.
Make a slip knot and place on your needle ready to start.
Hold the knitting needle in your right hand.
Wrap your thumb around the yarn with your left hand, you will use your right hand to work the yarn from the ball.
Pass the needle through the loop on your thumb, from the back.
- Wrap The Yarn Around Your Thumb
Wrap the yarn that is attached to the ball and bring that around in between your thumb and the knitting needle.
- Use Your Thumb To Slip the Yarn Over The Needle
Use your thumb to slip the loop over the end of the knitting needle, leaving you with a completed cast on loop.
Tighten up the stitch by gently pulling on both ends of the yarn.
- Continue To Do This For The Next Stitch
Continue and repeat this process again for the next stitch.
- Repeat And Cast On However Many Stitches You Need
Repeat the process for as many stitches you need for your project.