The knitted cast on method is great for those projects that require a ton of stitches (like the
Sideways Scarf), because you don't have to try and guess how much yarn to use for the cast-on. You'll
also notice that your first row after a knitted cast-on is a right side row, whereas the first row after
the Long-Tail cast-on is a wrong side row.
The down side to this cast on method is that it really helps to know how to knit, since that's
basically what you are doing: knitting stitches onto the needle. As such, you'll see similarities in
the instructions here and the instructions for the Knit Stitch.
Step 1: Create a slip knot and put it on your needle.
Step 2: Put that needle in your left hand. Insert the tip of the other
needle into the stitch on the left needle...
Step 3: Using the yarn leading to the ball, loop (or 'throw' as some
knitters say) the yarn around the empty needle in a counter clockwise fashion. I like to think of it as
looping the yarn from "left to right" or "under, then over."
Step 4: In this step, you are going to pull the piece of yarn that you just
threw over the needle through the loop on the left needle. (hint: hold the yarn taut against the needle
& it won't slip off.)
If you think about it a little differently, you could have simply stuck your fingers through that first
loop on the left needle and grabbed a piece of yarn, then pulled it back through the loop as you
extracted your fingers... that's what you're trying to do, only using a needle instead of your fingers.
Step 5: Using the right needle, stretch that loop out (that you just
created) and place it on the end of the left needle. Remove the right needle & pull that new stitch
tight, but not too tight.
You now have 2 stitches on that needle!
Hint:: If you notice, I keep my index fingers on the yarn (on both needles) to prevent the stitches
from sliding off of the ends of the needles.
Step 6: Start over with Step 2, only this time (and for every additional stitch), you will insert the right needle into the last stitch on the left needle.
Hint:: You can easily turn this into a cable cast on, by placing your needle in between the last 2 stitches, instead of into the last stitch.
Step 7: Continue repeating steps 2-5 until you have added the desired number
Posted by Jimmy (Laura) of Jimmy Beans Wool