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Just like the Slip Knot, the Slingshot Position is used for many cast-on techniques. Therefore, we suggest that you make it part of your basic knitting skill set.
In fact, the most common cast-on technique that starts with the Slingshot Position, is the Long-Tail Cast On.
This cast-on technique is the “go-to” cast on for many knitters, so we would suggest that you add it to your arsenal of knitting skills.
If you are not familiar with this cast-on method, you can find the tutorial for it here: Long-Tail Cast On Knitting Tutorial.
Before you can get into the Slingshot Position, you need to “anchor” the yarn on your knitting needle.
One way of doing this is by first making a Slip Knot. If you are not familiar with making a slip knot, you might find this tutorial here useful: Making a Slip Knot.
Not everyone likes the little bump that a slip knot leaves in your cast-on edge. A good alternative is then just to twist the yarn around your needle before you get into the slingshot position.
- A wide range of cast ons, especially the Long-Tail Cast On
Step-by-Step Slingshot Position Tutorial
Create a slip knot and slip your knitting needle through it.
Holding the needle with your right hand, insert your index and thumb between the two strands of yarn hanging from the needle. Make sure that the tail end of the yarn (marked in red) is over your thumb and the working yarn (marked in green) over your index finger.
Using your remaining fingers, grasp the end of the yarn in the palm of your hand. Then pull it with your thumb and forefinger pointing up and back. The yarn should look like a slingshot.
You are now ready to start casting on your stitches. We suggest you try out the Long-Tail Cast On.