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How to Knit the Knitted Cast On Easy Step by Step Tutorial

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Learn how to knit the knitted cast on. This easy cast on is a short tail cast on that’s simple to learn, even for beginning knitters.

Casting on can be one of the most challenging parts for new knitters. The knitted cast on is a great one for any knitting project.

To learn the knitted cast on you’ll need a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. For this tutorial I’m using a #6 superbulky yarn and 8mm knitting needles.

This is a short tail cast on, meaning you don’t need to leave much yarn. Do measure a length of yarn that’s at least 6″ for the tail, so you have enough to weave in the end.

Chunky cream yarn with dark flecks cast on with knitted cast on to needles.

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There are many different methods for casting on. It’s helpful when you’re new to knitting to try different cast ons to find one that works for your project.

Try not to cast on too tightly, as you’ll need to insert your needle when you’re ready to start knitting stitches on the next row.

More Cast Ons for Beginner Knitters

There are so many different ways to cast on. Here are some simple ones.

The long tail cast on is a great cast on, and easy to learn too. This may be one of the first cast ons many learn.

This short tail cast on uses your hand and the right hand needle only.

I love the crochet hook cast on because it’s so easy! Pia from Stitches N Scraps has a great cable cast on tutorial.

Helpful Knitting Tutorials

Getting started –> The first thing you need to know is How to Make a Slip Knot for Knitting this gets the yarn on the needle!

Learn the garter stitch, the basic knit stitch is a classic where you knit stitches on both sides of the fabric. In stockinette stitch, you us knit stitches on the right side and purl stitches on the wrong side.

Finishing up –> The live stitches are the ones that are sitting on your needle, learn How to Bind Off your Knitting when you’re finished.

Video Tutorial

You can watch and knit along to learn how to knit the knitted cast on in the full video tutorial on my YouTube Channel.

Scroll down for the step by step photo tutorial on this knit cast on!

Chunky cream yarn with dark flecks cast on with knitted cast on to needles.

Knitted Cast On Tutorial

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to knit the knitted cast on. This easy cast on is a short tail cast on that's simple to learn, even for beginning knitters.


  • Any weight yarn. I'm using Wool Ease Thick & Quick, a #6 superbulky yarn.


  • Knitting needles to match your yarn. For this tutorial I'm using my Clover Takumi in Size 11 / 8mm.


  1. Start with a slip knot on your left hand knitting needle.Slip knot on knitting needle.
  2. Insert the right hand needle tip, knit wise, into slip knot.
  3. Yarn over. We're not using the tail at all for this cast on, so this is the working yarn going over the right needle tip and my index finger to the left.
  4. Pull the yarn through to knit a stitch, but do not slip the first stitch off the needle yet.Pull through to knit it.
  5. For the next step transfer the stitch you just knit on to the left handed needle. Two stitches cast on needle.
  6. Now insert your needle into the stitch you just knit.Insert right needle into stitch on left needle.
  7. Knit it, but leave it on the needle.Needle inserted to knit.
  8. Then slip it on to the left hand needle.3 stitches on left hand needle.
  9. Repeat steps 5-7 for the next stitch until you've cast on to the required number of stitches, and then you're ready to begin the first row of knitting!Chunky cream yarn with dark flecks cast on with knitted cast on to needles.

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