Knitting For Dummies
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In knitting, casting on with the thumb method is quick and easy, but the thumb cast-on (sometimes called e-loop) doesn’t look as nice as the cable cast-on — and it isn’t easy to knit into. The two-strand and cable cast-on methods should be your first choice for beginning a project.

Still, the thumb cast-on has its uses (such as for replacing cast-off stitches in a buttonhole or for a quick and easy increase stitch in the middle of a row), so knowing how to do it is worthwhile. As with other cast-on methods, you need just one needle to cast on with the thumb method.

Make a slip knot on your needle, leaving a short tail.

Make a slip knot on your needle, leaving a short tail.

To make the slip knot (the first stitch), make a pretzel-shaped loop and place your needle into the loop and pull gently on both ends of the yarn until the stitch is firmly on the needle but can still slide easily back and forth.

The slip knot becomes your first stitch.

Wrap the yarn around your left thumb.

Wrap the yarn around your left thumb.

Hold the needle in your right hand.

Insert the needle through the loop around your thumb, slide your thumb out, and pull gently on the yarn strand to tighten the stitch.

Insert the needle through the loop around your thumb, slide your thumb out, and pull gently on the yarn strand to tighten the stitch.

That’s all it takes!

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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at knitgrrl.com. Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet.

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