Knitting On, Purling On - Cast On

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This cast on method works almost exactly like knitting or purling.  The technique is particularly useful when you need to add stitches to a work in progress.

To Knit On:

Knit Cast On, Step 1

Step 1:  If starting work from the beginning, you will need to start with a slip knot (pictured).  Otherwise, you need to have at least one stitch already on the left needle.

Knit Cast On, Step 2

Step 2: Insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle as if to knit and bring the yarn over knitwise.

Knit Cast On, Step 3

Step 3:  Pull the yarn through to create a stitch on the right needle.

Knit Cast On, Step 4

Step 4:  Slip the stitch from the right needle on to the left needle without twisting (pictured).

Knit Cast On, Step 5

Step 5:  Do it again!  Insert the needle in the newly created stitch as if to knit and bring the yarn over knitwise.

Knit Cast On, Step 6

Step 6:  Slip this newly-created stitch onto the left needle as pictured.

Knit Cast On, Step 7

Step 7:  Keep repeating steps 5 & 6 until the desired number of stitches have been created.

 

To Purl On:

Purl Cast On, Step 1

Step 1:  If starting work from the beginning, you will need to start with a slip knot (pictured).  Otherwise, you need to have at least one stitch already on the left needle.

Purl Cast On, Step 2

Step 2: Insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle as if to purl and bring the yarn over purlwise.

Purl Cast On, Step 3

Step 3:  Pull the yarn through to create a stitch on the right needle.

Purl Cast On, Step 4

Step 4:  Slip the stitch from the right needle on to the left needle without twisting (pictured).

Purl Cast On, Step 5

Step 5:  Keep the needle right where it is and bring the yarn over purlwise to repeat steps 2, 3 &4 for as many stitches as desired.