Wrap Cast On

  • 01 of 06

    Setting Up the Wrap Cast On

    Knitting needle and black yarn
    Sarah E. White

    The wrap cast on is one of the few methods that you start without a slip knot on the needle.

    All you have to do to get ready to cast on with this method is position the yarn so that the tail end is going off to the left and the ball end is on the right side of your needle.

    You don't need a long tail for this method, but you should leave a few inches of tail end to weave in later.

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  • 02 of 06

    Starting the Loop

    Black yarn and knitting needle
    Sarah E. White

    To begin the wrap cast on, hold the needle and the tail end of the yarn in your left hand with the yarn going behind the needle. Hold the ball end of the yarn in your right hand.

    To being the loop that will go on the needle, point your right thumb down, behind the yarn.

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  • 03 of 06

    Finishing the Loop

    Finishing the loop.
    Sarah E. White

    To finish forming the loop, all you have to do is bring your thumb back up so that the yarn is now wrapped around your thumb.

    This loop will become your first cast on stitch.

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  • 04 of 06

    Moving the Stitch

    Moving the stitch.
    Sarah E. White

    You now have what will become a wrap cast on stitch sitting on your thumb. To move it to the knitting needle, just slide the tip of the needle under the part of the loop that is in front of your thumb.

    Slip your thumb out of the way.

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  • 05 of 06

    Finishing the Stitch

    A finished wrap stitch.
    Sarah E. White

    To finish your wrap cast on stitch, just pull the loop tight around the needle. It doesn't look like much of anything and will fall off the needle pretty quickly if left to its own devices, so cast on a couple more stitches and your cast on will hold together a little better.

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  • 06 of 06

    Continuing to Cast On

    Finished wrap cast on.
    Sarah E. White

    Continue in the manner established until you have all the stitches you need. Each loop counts as one stitch.

    Be careful when knitting the first row when you cast on with this method, as it can be very difficult to keep an even tension with this cast on method.