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How to: work two-needle cast on

Lesson • Casting On • 05:28 • Beginner

This method of casting on creates a strong and neat edge as a start to your make, and is worked in a very similar way to the knit stitch – easy for all knitters.

Casting On

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28m 15s







What you need

What you need

A pair of straight, single-pointed knitting needles; a ball of yarn

Course Description

If you've completed the 'Before you start' course, now you're ready to cast on. Find your needles and your yarn, stick the kettle on and learn about all the different ways to kick start your knitting. There are some more advanced techniques in this course, so if you're new to casting on, start with the two-needle and long tail thumb cast on. Ready? Let's go!

Meet your instructors

  • How to: work two-needle cast on Knitting Video

    Julie Peasgood

    Julie is an actress and presenter just starting out on her knitting journey

  • How to: work two-needle cast on Knitting Video

    Neti Love

    Neti is your resident knitting expert who knows the ins and out of all things yarn

Practical Guides

  • When totting up your stitches, remember to count the slip knot you made at the very beginning.

  • Aim to cast on with an even action so that your stitches are the same size on your needle - not too tight and not too loose. With practice you may find you don't need to take the right-hand needle out to transfer the stitch, but instead just slide it round to be underneath the left-hand needle to make the next loop. If you forget to lift the new loop off in the way shown, which twists the stitch, the cast-on edge won’t have such a defined edge and is more likely to curl. If you have to cast on a lot of stitches in one go, or are using a fluffy yarn that is difficult to see, slip a stitch marker onto your left-hand needle every 15 stitches so you don't have to count from the beginning every time. You can simply take the stitch marker off the needle when you come to it again. Now you're ready to start knitting!

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