Before you knit, you have to get the yarn onto the needle. This process is called “casting on.” There are lots of ways to cast on, but the most common method is the Long Tail Cast On.

And even under the rubric of Long Tail Cast On, there are several variations! Below you’ll find two: the Slingshot Method and the Thumb Method. They look exactly the same in the end, but perhaps the Thumb Method is a little easier for beginners. Try them both and tell us which you prefer!

Sling Shot Method

Thumb Method