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Backwards Loop Cast-On

This is a beginner cast on that you can teach to anyone just starting to knit, including children.

You can also use this cast-on when you have accidentally run out of tail at the end of your Long-Tail Cast-On or when you are required to cast-on at a midpoint in your knitting (like on a buttonhole).

The edge is not very strong, so this cast-on should be used sparingly.

To Do the BLCO – Backwards Loop Cast-On:

Start by putting a slipknot on your needle.

  1. Take the working yarn and make a twist.
  2. Place the loop on the needle.
  3. Pull yarn until the stitch is almost snug.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have as many stitches as you need.

Long-Tail Cast-On

The Long-Tail Cast-On is a great all-around cast-on.

Use it to begin every project, unless the directions or your further cast-on knowledge specify otherwise.

To Do the Long-Tail Cast-On:


  1. Start with a long tail
  2. Make a slipknot in your yarn and put it on the needle. This is the first stitch.
  3. Position the yarn in your left hand. One strand goes over your finger, the other over the thumb.

To Cast On

  1. Catch the strand of yarn on your thumb.
  2. Catch the strand of yarn on your index finger.
  3. Pull that loop through the one on your thumb.
  4. Let go of your thumb yarn and get back in position.
  5. Repeat Steps 1-4 until you have cast on as many stitches as you want.

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Tip: Put either strand of yarn over your thumb. For this cast-on, It doesn’t matter which finger has the tail yarn and which one has the working yarn. Either way is fine.

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