Wisdom Wednesdays

My love affair with yarns and textiles began as a young child when I asked my mother to teach me how to knit.  Coming from a family with generations of art and crafting sensibilities, it seemed only natural that I would spend much of my idle time crocheting  winter throws or knitting socks with questionable color combinations.  I love sharing knowledge of this nostalgic craft, so this begins a series of knitting tutorials.

Before you begin to knit, you must know how to cast on.  This will create the first row of stitches from you to knit from.


1. Make a slip knot – have a long section of yarn reserved for the tail and make a twist in the yarn to create a circular shape.  Pull one end of the yarn through the circle slightly to create a loop.

2.  Slip knitting needles through the loop.  I usually use both knitting needles in this cast-on, but you can use just one needle.  Personally, I would recommend using two for beginners.  New knitters tend to knit with a tighter tension and using two needles will give you slightly larger stitches.

3. Drape the tail end of the yarn over your left thumb; the working end of the yarn drapes over your left index finger.  Use the remaining fingers to hold the two ends of yarn.

4. Slide the needles under the tail end of the yarn – this should create a loop that contains your thumb and the needles.

5. Use the needles to pull the working yarn through that loop.

6.  Release and tighten both yarns.

7.  Repeat until desired width/number of cast-on stitches.


Check back soon for more tutorials and feel free to ask any questions 🙂

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