There are many ways to cast on stitches, but the longtail method has to be my absolute favorite.


Not only does it look beautiful, but it’s a very sturdy cast-on! After you learn this method I can guarantee this will be your go-to method for every project. Let’s get started!

Things you’ll need:


  • Yarn of choice

  • Needles of choice




  • Be sure to give lots of extra length to the tail when you create your slip knot! The Longtail method requires a “Long tail”!

Step 1

Make a slip knot and tighten it onto one of your knitting needles.


Want to know how to make a slip knot? Check out How to Make a Slip Knot!

Step 2

Grab both strands of yarn with your pinky, ring, and middle fingers. Then use your pointer and thumb to spread open the strands.

Step 3

Face your hand up to see the loops you’ve created. You’ll see something that looks kind of like a slingshot!

Step 4

Move your needle under the loop on your thumb (back to front).

Then move your needle over the loop on your pointer finger (front to back).

Step 5

Pull the yarn you grabbed from your pointer finger back through the loop on your thumb (front to back).

Step 6

Drop the loop on your thumb.

Step 5

Pull the tail and working yarn strands to secure the stitch onto the needle.

Step 6

Repeat steps 1 to 5 until you reach your desired number of stitches!

Awesome job! Now that you’ve learned this cast-on technique, you can start up almost any knitting project with ease!

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