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Knit cast on

The knit cast-on uses one strand of yarn and its most common use is to add stitches at the beginning or end of a row. This cast-on can be used at the start of your knitting, but it doesn’t make as firm an edge as the long-tail (slingshot cast) cast-on or the cable cast-on.

On the knit side—

Position your knitting so the yarn is at the right edge with right side facing.
Put right needle through first stitch as if to knit.
Wrap yarn and pull through. DO NOT SLIP STITCH FROM NEEDLE.
Put new stitch on left needle.

Repeat this sequence until you have cast on the required number of stitches.

On the purl side—

Position your knitting so the yarn is at the left edge with wrong side facing.

Put right needle through first stitch as if to purl. Wrap yarn and pull through. DO NOT SLIP STITCH FROM NEEDLE.

Slip new stitch to left needle.

Repeat this sequence until you have cast on the required number of stitches.