There are so many different ways to cast on knitting. I have my own favorite. It's the way I learned when I first started knitting. My way is called TWO NEEDLE CAST ON. I like this 2 needle method because you don't have to guess how much you need to measure out a length of yarn at the beginning. I also think it makes a tighter and straighter edge.
Here's how I do it.
Step 1 Make a loop over the needle & tie it.
This will be your first stitch.
Step 2 Hold the needle in your LEFT hand, pointing to the RIGHT.
Step 3 Place your left thumb on top of the needle.
And your left index finger below the needle. (Your thumb should be closer to you and the index finger away from you.) Hold the dangling yarn taut over your right index finger and below your right ring fingers.
Step 4 With your right hand, guide the right needle.
Guide the right needle up through the loop on the left needle.
Step 5 With your right hand put the yarn over the right needle.
Pull that needle downward while pulling the yarn with it under. Pull it forward, and twist it up onto left needle. You should now have 2 stitches on left needle.
Step 6 Continue casting on.
Continue casting on until you have 20 stitches on your needle, or more if you want to keep going for practice.
Step 7 Watch the video for a visual aid!
- Leave a long strand at the beginning end that you can use later to sew up the two sides of a sweater.