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How To: Long Tail Cast On

In order to begin your project, you need to put stitches on your needles, which is done by "casting on".  There are a few ways to cast on, but I prefer the "Long Tail Cast On".  Follow our step-by-step video instruction and photos below!  

To begin, insert your needle into a slip knot with the loop facing you, knot facing away from you.  The "tail" should be to your left and your "working yarn" coming from the ball should be on your right.


Hold the "tail" with your left hand with your thumb in front pointing up.  Sweep  your thumb over and around the tail creating a loop.


Keep your left thumb in the loop and insert your right needle up into the loop.


Wrap your working yarn counter clockwise around your needle.  Then bring the loop that is around your thumb over and around the top of the needle.


Pull your tail to tighten.  You have cast on your first stitch!  Continue the steps until you have cast on the number of stitches specified in your pattern.