Casting on is the process in which a knitter puts the first stitches onto the needle. There are several different ways to cast on, some more difficult than others. In this post, I cover three common methods. I refer to the New Stitch a Day YouTube channel to explain all the stitches I introduce in this site.
Single Cast On
The single cast on is wonderfully simple for beginners. It creates an elastic edge perfect for sweaters and hats. However, one of the problems with the single cast on is that it is notoriously sloppy. This YouTube tutorial teaches you how to cast on in the single style.
Double Cast On
The double cast on is a bit more complicated; however, it is also the most commonly used cast on style. It is just as flexible as the single cast on, but less sloppy. Note: the tutorial below refers to the double cast on as the “long tail cast on.”
Cable Cast On
The cable cast on creates a straight, rigid edge perfect for scarves and afghans. It also has a more prim, polished, respectable look than the previous two cast on methods. The following is a video tutorial from New Stitch a Day demonstrating how this cast on is done.