Circular Cast On

How To: The Circular Cast On

This cast on may appear tricky, but it has a really unique and clever aspect to it. The yarn tail is used as something of a drawstring, gathering the cast on stitches into a circle so you don’t have to worry about joining them to work in the round.

Circular Step One

Step One

First, position the yarn in your left hand as shown in the picture. The working yarn should be pinched between your first and middle finger. The yarn tail will wrap around your ring and pinky fingers with the yarn tail being held by your right hand.

Circular Step Two

Step Two

*Using your right hand, insert the point of your needle (you can use double points or a circular) under the yarn across your ring and pinky fingers.

Circular Step Three

Step Three

Pass the needle over the working yarn and draw a loop out from under the yarn you first slid your needle under.

Circular Step Four

Step Four

Now pass the needle over the working yarn and draw a loop up as in a yarn over.

Circular Step Five

Step Five

Repeat from * until you have cast on the required number of stitches.

Note: If you need an even number of stitches, you will need to cast on the final stitch as a standard yarn over when you begin your first round of knitting.

Circular Step Six

Step Six

Arrange the stitches on your double point needles, on either side of a long circular for Magic Loop, or on 2 circulars to begin knitting in the round.

Circular Step Seven

Step Seven

Tug on the yarn tail to draw the stitches into a tighter circle. Begin knitting!

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