The circular cast on method is a way to start a piece of knitting from the centre when working in the round. The cast on stitches are drawn together into a tight circle. I use this technique quite a bit for my knitted toy patterns. There are many tutorials on how to do a circular cast on, this is just the way that I do it, and find most comfortable.
Take your yarn and make a loop around your fingers, with the tail end underneath the working yarn, see photo 1. This part you have to get right otherwise it won’t work.
Insert your needle through the front of your loop, see photo 2.
Use your needle to draw a stitch. This is the first stitch, see photos 3 & 4.
Now wrap the working yarn over the front of your needle, or ‘yarn over’ to make the second stitch, see photo 5.
Repeat these two steps until you have the required number of stitches, photo 6. If you require an even number of stitches, to avoid losing your last yarn over stitch, you can add the final yarn over stitch when you begin your first round.
Pull the tail end to draw the stitches together into a tight circle, photos 7 & 8.
So that’s how you do a circular cast on. It does require a little bit of patience, but after a bit of practise you’ll be casting on like a pro! If you found this tutorial helpful please don’t forget to share or re-pin it, as it really helps support my site.