Combined Knitting Casting On

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Step 1:
Measure out a length of yarn for casting on. To figure how much yarn you'll need divide the number of stitches to be cast on by 4, and measure out that many inches and make a slipknit in the yarn at that point. (e.g., when casting on 40 sts measure out 10" of yarn)

Step 2:
Pull the slipknot securely, but not too tight (figure 1). You don't want to cast on too tightly or that will make knitting the first row very difficult and can cause a very tight sweater bottom.

Step 3:
Holding the needle in the right hand slip your left thumb and index finger between the two strands of yarn and separate them as shown in figure 2. Hold the yarn that continues down securely in your right hand as shown.

Step 4:
Pass the needle over the left thumb, coming back up under the thumb in the middle of the loop of yarn that is wound around the left thumb (figure 3).

Step 5:
Continue coming up through the thumb loop from underneath and pass the needle over the strand of yarn that is running from the top of the index finger to the slipknot on the needle. Pull this index strand into the thumb loop (figure 4).

Step 6:
Release the yarn from the thumb and index finger, then repeat step 3 to pull the newly cast on stitch firmly onto the needle. Maintain the same tension in each stitch as you cast on.

Note: For a looser cast on some prefer to cast on using larger needles or using two needles held together.

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©2003 Annie Modesitt