For first-time knitters, learn this basic technique for casting on.
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So you’ve been thinking about doing some knitting and you're ready to cast on. Well guess what, I am the girl to help you. I'm Vickie Howell from DIY’s Knitty Gritty, and I'm going to get you started on your grand knitting adventure. So let's dive right in. The first thing that we're going to do is a slipknot. This will get you started. All you need to do is take a yarn that you have lying around the house, the corresponding needles and then you're going to make a little loop like this. Take one end of your yarn and push it through that loop. You can see it forming and if you pull one of the ends it will tighten. And there's your slipknot. Now you just pick up your needle, place the loop on and just again pull the ends to tighten it. You don’t need to make it too tight, but just firm enough that it doesn’t slide off. Now we're ready for the long tail cast on. You want to take both pieces of yarn, put it under your ring finger and your pinky. And then you're going to separate the two pieces of yarn with your forefinger and thumb. You're going to pull this down and you’ll know that you're doing the right thing if you create this funky little heart shape. Alright, now we're ready. Ready? I'm ready. Alright, so you're going to take your needle and go under the first loop, around with the second and pull it through. Then you just use your thumb to pull it tight, again not too tight, just firm enough so it doesn’t slip. So again, under the first loop, around, and through. I'm going to show you one more time, under the first loop, around, and there you go. And you would just continue that until you have as many stitches cast on as your pattern calls for. You're ready to go, I know you can do it.
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