As a crocheter first, the crochet hook cast on is my go to method for getting my knitting started. If you already crochet and want to learn how to knit, then this cast on is simple and easy to do.
It’s easy, but it also looks great. The cast on edge looks really clean and neat.
This is also a short tail cast on, so no need to estimate your length and all the challenges that comes with that.
There are lots of specialized knitting cast ons for different techniques. But this is a great basic cast on method.
You can use the yarn your pattern calls for, or what you have on hand to practice this cast on.
For this tutorial I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn. Red Heart With Love in the color Cameo.
Learning the stitches is easier in #4-6 weight yarns (in my opinion), since they’re easier to see when you’re just getting started.
Like many things in knitting there are different ways to hold your yarn. I am a continental knitter, which means I hold my yarn in my left hand.
If you are a right handed crocheter, then continental knitting may be the easiest to learn.
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Easy Knitting Patterns
Here are some beginner friendly knitting patterns you might enjoy that you can use this cast on method for.
This Bianca Bookmark is fast and simple. This is a great first knitting project for total beginners.
This Easy Knit Scarf Pattern is cozy and beautiful in only garter stitch.
When you’re ready for a knit shawl the Umbria is knit with chunky yarn and works up quick.
- any weight yarn, I am using Red Heart With Love , a #4 medium worsted weight yarn
- needles compatible to your yarn, I’m using my 4.5mm US 7 needles. You can use straight needles or cable needles.
- a crochet hook to match your needles (4.5mm) sometimes it’s a good idea to use a little bit larger hook to help keep your stitches from being too tight. In this tutorial I use a 5mm hook with 4.5mm needles. You’ll need to insert your needle into the cast on stitch so don’t make them too tight.
- Any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.
- You’ll need a crochet hook + knitting needles in the same size, or hook 1 size larger.
- Start with a slip knot on the crochet hook.
- Place the needle on the left, and hook on the right.
- Wrap yarn from back to left and over both needle & hook.
- Grab the yarn with the hook.
- Pull yarn through the slip knot on the hook. You have cast on 1 stitch to the needle.
- Repeat: yo, pull through slip knot.
- Cast on until 1 less than your pattern calls for.
- Slip last st on to the needle.
- Now turn and knit!
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