Learn How To Do A Backward Loop Cast On [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Cast On Tutorials: Learn How To Do A Backward Loop Cast On, learnknittingonline.com" followed by an illustration of hands casting on stitches on a wooden knitting needleIn this Backward Loop Cast On Knitting Tutorial, you will learn the simplest of all the cast-on techniques.

As this cast-on method is very easy to learn, it is often the first cast-on knitters learn.

Unfortunately, the Backward Loop Cast On is not a particularly attractive cast-on as it creates an uneven edge that can look sloppy. In addition, the edge doesn’t always hold up very well.

Having said that, this is a great cast-on method to use when teaching children.

Furthermore, it is also a great method to use when you need to add stitches at the end of row.

This means that it is good for adding stitches, when knitting the underarm of a top-down sweater. It can also be used as a base for the thumb of a mitten.

Sometimes, you also see the Backward Loop Cast On referred to as a Single Cast On, a Simple Cast On or a Wrap Cast On.

Step-by-Step Backward Loop Cast On Knitting Tutorial

If you are not familiar with how to make a slip knot, you can find a step-by-step tutorial here: Slip Knot Tutorial.

Begin by creating a slip knot and slipping your right-hand knitting needle through it.

Backward Loop Cast On Tutorial Step 1: Hands slipping a slip knot into the right-hand needle.

Grab the end of the yarn attached to the yarn ball (working yarn) and wrap it around your left-hand thumb. Secure the working yarn in the palm of your hand using your fingers.

Backward Loop Cast On Tutorial Step 2: Working yarn from a stitch on a knitting needle being wrapped around the left thumb.

Insert the knitting needle under the loop outside your thumb and through it.

Backward Loop Cast On Tutorial Step 3: Working yarn from a stitch on a knitting needle being wrapped around the left thumb.

Slip the loop off your thumb and pull the working yarn gently to tighten the stitch. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the desired number of stitches.

Backward Loop Cast On Tutorial Step 4: Left hand pulling the working yarn to tighten the new stitch on the right-hand needle.

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