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How to Circular Cast On for Knitting

Updated: Jun 20

How to circular cast on for knitting

I like knitting my toys in the round to avoid too much sewing after knitting. Therefore, you can always see a circular cast on in my knitting patterns to start a project because I knit the toys in the round. If you like knitting socks, possibly you already know how to make a circular cast-on. However, if you have no idea, let me explain it here.



Two ways to make a circular cast-on:

  1. Circular cast on using a knitting needle *My favourite way

  2. Circular cast on using a crochet hook



Pros & cons of using a knitting needle and a crochet hook for circular cast-on

Circular Cast On

Using a knitting needle

Using a crochet hook

Pros

You don't need extra tools to start, just the knitting needle which will be used for knitting later on.

Easy for people who used to crochet or make amigurumi toys.

Cons

Need some practice to make all the stitches the same size.

You need to have a crochet hook that is the same size as the knitting needle.


Circular cast on using a knitting needle

Prepare four knitting needles and yarn.

Step 1: Begin by making a loop on your hand. The tail of the yarn should be on the top.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 2: Hold this loop with your fingers as shown in the photo. Use a needle to pick up the working yarn clockwise. Hold it tight with the first finger of your right hand.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 3: With the finger still holding the working yarn, insert the point of the needle into the loop.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 4: Pick up the working yarn clockwise.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 5: Take the stitch out from the loop.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 6: Now, you have two stitches on the needle. You will get even numbers of stitches using this cast-on method.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 7: Repeat steps 2 - 6 to create the desired number of stitches.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 8: Pull the yarn tail to tighten the loop.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 9: Divide the stitches into 3 or 4 needles evenly.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 10: Start knitting. Remember that always knit with a working needle (an extra needle).

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 11: After knitting one round, it is ready for increasing stitches.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Circular cast on using a crochet hook

Prepare a crochet hook, yarn, and knitting needles.

Step 1: Begin by making a loop on your hand. The tail of the yarn should be on the top.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 2: Hold the loop tight. Insert the crochet hook into the loop.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 3: Pick up the working yarn with the hook.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 4: Pull it out from the loop. So, you create a loop on your crochet hook.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 5: Pick up the working yarn again.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 6: Bring it through the first loop you created. So, this is the first stitch.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 7: Repeat steps 2 - 5 to create the desired number of stitches.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 8: Pull the yarn tail to tighten the loop.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Step 9: Divide the stitches into 3 or 4 knitting needles evenly.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Important: Use a proper size crochet hook for the cast-on to prevent the stitches from being too big or too small. This is an example of using a crochet hook which is too thick.

How to circular cast on for knitting


*After I changed the crochet hook, the loops were all in a good size for my knitting needles.

How to circular cast on for knitting

Step 10: After knitting one round, it is ready for increasing stitches.

How to circular cast on for knitting


Conclusion

Both of these two circular cast-on methods create almost the same outlook. However, I like using knitting needles to do it because I don't have to take my crochet hook out. And I like the more invisible look of the circular cast-on.


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