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2.0 How to Loom Knit | Cast On – Getting Yarn on your Loom 3 ways

– Welcome back to lesson two Today we are getting the yarn on your loom

We'll be showing you three different ways Plus, how to make a slip knot in different ways (slow piano music) Welcome to GoodKnit Kisses We're all about helping you stitch your love and love your stitches So we're gonna be putting the yarn on the loom today, making slip knots, and then making three different cast-ons

But first, I wanna go over the supplies that I'm using that most people will have in their stash Usually people can find things like this in the store, it's a 24-peg loom This is a Knifty Knitter brand which isn't made anymore, but there are a ton of them out there There's 24 pegs, and they're spaced, from middle of one peg, center peg to center peg, 5/8 of an inch when you measure it It's about five and a half inches across, or 14 centimeters

That's roughly the same So there are different brands that make them Without mentioning all the brands, they're just different colors I'm gonna use the one that's same spacing in a similar peg I'm gonna use this one because it's lighter in color and you can see the yarn more clearer

I think it's gonna be a little dark here And this is the KB Looms 36-peg 5/8 gauge in their Chunky loom set For the yarn, I'm gonna be using a super-bulky six-weight yarn This is from Premier Everyday, and it's a super-bulky six Some other yarns that would be appropriate are Bernat Softee Chunky, which is a five-weight yarn

There's also Bernat Beyond, which is a six-weight yarn So all these are kind of appropriate, and stick with the light-colored yarn All right, let's begin working some slip knots So, in order to get your yarn on your loom And you can notice, I don't have a starter peg or anchor peg, and we did talk about that in the previous series

So, if you missed all the overview stuff and you have questions, be sure to refer to that first and make your comments down below Okay, so I tie my slip knot, the easiest way I think, is just a wrap it around your finger twice So I've got my tail, and I wrap it around twice And then, now I take the back part coming from the ball, which is the working yarn I take that and go right over the first loop here, over my finger just a little bit

Now I'm gonna pull that loop here, which is now at the back, and put it up and over the end of my finger And when I pull on this yarn here, this yarn tail and this part here with the working yarn, it gets tighter on my finger And that's what I take and I place on the loom, and that will be my starting peg And I can just pull that and cinch it up not too terribly tight, but enough to where it doesn't come off the loom or get to snug And then I can just tuck the tail underneath, and I'm ready to go starting my first cast-on

Let's do a couple of other slip knots We'll do two more Okay, let's do another one, and this just takes place on the table here We're gonna take our tail, pull out a nice length and make a loop Just put it right on top of itself

Then we're gonna pick up that big loop and place it on top of our tail, just like that, and it makes kind of a pretzel look Okay, now you're gonna pick up this bottom part where the tail is, and you're just gonna pull on the two strands coming from it, just like that So, one is the tail and one's coming from ball, we call that the working yarn And then, just pull on one of the strands, make it smaller, and you got yourself a slip knot to put right onto your loom The next one I wanna show you is going right on top of your loom and you can get to work immediately

So, you may end up deciding you like this one the best It depends on which yarn you're using It works better for some than others I've never shown this on camera before, but let's do it So, just pull a tail through four to six inches, and start by wrapping the peg twice that you want to be peg one

I'm gonna go in this direction to the right I'm gonna go between two pegs, go backwards to the left, wrapping, and then we'll do it one more time so we've wrapped twice And I'm just gonna hold on to both the tail and the back of this one here Now, I'm gonna go underneath this bottom strand here, so this bottom loop, and I'm going to put my hook right on this groove and then push down And then we're just making a loop where you're sliding and pulling this loop out

Then you're just gonna lift up and over, and that's what we call knit over So we're just gonna lift up and over, and then we're gonna pull on our tail And when we pull on our tail and actually tightened this up, and we made a slip knot right there That's it, that's all you do and you are ready to begin casting on All right, let's begin by double e-wrap cast-on

So we're going to double e-wrap cast-on, and it starts with a slip knot on your first peg And all you do is, just like the method before, I'm just going to e-wrap the peg so it makes a cursive E, and that's really why we call it e-wrap So it's kind of upside down If you imagine an E that's cursive, it looks like that That's why it's called an e-wrap

See, just like that It goes up and around here So, e-wrap that peg You wanna hold on to that tail in the back, e-wrap the peg and knit over Just lift up and over

And then, your next peg, you're gonna do the same thing, you're gonna e-wrap But you're gonna do it one more time So, it's a double e-wrap E-wrap that peg twice Remember, we already had the slip knot that already formed a knit stitch on it, 'cause you actually worked it on that last slip knot

So now, here we're just taking the lower loop and pulling it up and over And then we pull on our working yarn, working yarn coming from the ball When we pull on that, what it does is it tightens up the stitch in between, and then we won't have too loose of a loop here Now we're just gonna e-wrap the next peg twice One, two

And that's all you do to cast-on It's great, 'cause you can just continue to work in one direction And then, when you're ready to begin knitting, we're gonna work in the opposite direction And that'll be on the next video for knitting, all the knit stitches All right, so I'm gonna begin to show you how to do a different cast-on

Let's take this off and make another slip knot, and we'll meet you back when you get your slip knot on Pause your video and I'll see you in a minute Now we're going to do the e-wrap/flat cast-on There are some patterns that just say wrap the pegs, and then you work the first row flat And this is really what we're gonna be doing here

If you look at my overview series, it doesn't actually show this one What it does show is working an e-wrap all the way down and all the way back And this is very similar, except it makes a nice tighter cast-on And as a beginner, you want a nice cast-on instead of having it just really big in loops on the end of your work So what we do is, I've already got our slip knot on here, and we're just going to e-wrap just like you did before, but just e-wrap one time, and go all the way down until you get as many stitches as you intend to have for your project

And we'll talk about that more in our next lessons, but for now, you just e-wrap as many as you need And then, you're going to turn and come back, and we're going to hold the yarn above our pegs and we're going to flat knit So, we'll talk more about this stitch in another video But this is how we're gonna do this cast-on Gonna go down here to the end and lift up and over

So yes, this very last stitch is going to get wrapped twice So, lift up and over, and then pull on that yarn It's especially important to go ahead and pull on that stitch for the very first one, because it needs to be tighter Lift up and over on the next stitch and knit that Make sure you got all of your strands of your yarn

And then go to the next one Now if you notice, I'm not pulling really tightly If I do that, it stretches this stitch right here I just gently lay it on top, lift up and over, and let it fall to the back Do it again, lift up and over

And as you can see, when I pull to the back, this pulls the yarn slightly to the back And just continue doing that until you get back to peg one, and you're ready for knit stitches So, I'm gonna go ahead and take this off the loom When we come back we'll do another slip knot, or have that already on there Pause your video and we'll do the last cast-on

See you in a moment This last cast-on is called a chain cast-on You see it in a lot of patterns It's actually much easier than you think, but there's a couple of ways to do it So I'm actually gonna show you two ways to do it

One is using your fingers and one is using the crochet hook Be sure and stay tuned after this, because I'm gonna talk just for a few minutes on a little bit of troubleshooting for cast-ons So we'll begin by making our slip knot Rewind if you need to do that Got a nice size stitch here, or slip knot

I'm gonna keep it larger, because I'm going to need to pull some yarn through here So we're gonna do this with our fingers here Put your tail on the inside And I've got my working yarn on the outside of my loom So this is the outside of my loom and this is the inside

And now I'm going to go in this direction, and I'm going to put my slip knot between the next two pegs just like this, and then I want to feed this yarn from the ball through this little hole So I'm going to kinda pinch it and pull from the back here I'm gonna hold on to this tail here for the first stitch and kinda pull on this yarn And once I got it in there nice and secure, I'll show you what it looks like So from the back, before I make this smaller, you can see that I have this nice little teardrop shape

See it looks like a little teardrop? It's a chain And then I have two pieces coming out of it, and next time we do it it's going to make another chain on the inside So let's come around here and go ahead, and now your hole is much bigger You can make it smaller by pulling on it, or you can leave it that size to work with it, and just go ahead and pull in some more yarn and pull tight like this Just kinda pull on there and it leaves you another one of these little chains here

You can do it from the inside here and push it through like this, and you can see how it moves the yarn And see how it just gets bigger? Go ahead and pull on it to make it smaller Once you get going, it's much faster Once you get used to it So, see how that goes? You can also go in the opposite direction

So, I'll do that in a moment here Once it's complete and you got all the stitches on here you want, you're just going to place your loop right on there and cinch it up, and you've got a nice ending to your chain cast-on If you end up making this all the way around, there's another method for it, but we'll talk about that in another lesson when we talk about knitting in the round All right, so go ahead and take this off Go ahead and make another slip knot

And I'm gonna go in the opposite direction So I'm gonna put my, whoops, slip knot in this other hand, and we're gonna go in this direction here So I'm gonna have my slip knot in between the next two pegs, and then I'm just gonna pull it through And the first stitch is always a little bit more fiddly There we go, we've got it

And it's the same technique This is what it looks like from the back Like that And it still does the stitch with this v-shaped or chain stitch So let me pull this off, and I'm gonna show you what it looks like using a crochet hook

I had told you to have a crochet hook If you've got one, we'll do it If you don't, you can use your fingers And on smaller looms, it's easier with a crochet hook Hold on one moment

So here's my crochet hook We're gonna go on the inside, 'cause this is where my loop is, and put my hook where we want to go So, I've got my yarn coming out here, and then we're gonna go in this direction So we put the hook where we wanna go And then, we're gonna take our yarn and go around the hook, and then we're gonna pull through

So, this thing right here, this is called a yarn-over When you wrap the yarn over and around something and then you just pull it on through And we're just gonna pull it through this little hole here And of course, I'm using my other fingers back here to hold onto the tail You may not be as coordinated as that, I understand

You can hold onto it and hold it against the loom, you can set it down on something else I know I was a lot more fiddly with it when I was a beginner It's okay You can hold it however you need to I'm not gonna hold this fancy this time

I'm just gonna let it sit there, and then I'm gonna go around, yarn over with my hands So just yawning it over And then, pinch and hold it, and then we're gonna pull through See, I do it by naturally now But let's hold the tail and this part, now that it's wrapped over

Let's just hold 'em like this, like you might do it the first time, and then just pull that on through that loop And you see how it made that loop there? And just go on to the next one I'm gonna show you what it looks like how I normally do it Once you get going, you can actually chain cast-on this fast So, this is a great way to do your cast-on

And then, just set it on top and you're ready to begin your knitting Okay, so we've come to the end, we've made our three cast-ons, you're ready to start your knitting That will be in the next lesson, but let's talk for a moment about tension The word tension is how tight or loose that you work So, if you look at your cast-on and you see that they're nice and even and consistent, that's great

But you can also pull on the yarn after you make a stitch and ease up that tension, or you can come back here and try and get as much yarn slack out of here, and then come on to the next stitch, and then come on to the next stitch and then pull on that there, so that you've gotten rid of some of the extra slack And that's a way that you can play with it, so that when you're knitting starts coming off a loom it doesn't get loopy You're not gonna be able to tell this immediately for a while, until you've started your journey in loom knitting a bit more But I wanted to have this in this video, so when you come back to this video later, you can see how I played with it and then just kinda made the stitches smaller or bigger So, if I wanna make the stitches bigger, I can come to the end here where the working yarn is and get a little bit more yarn in it

Come over here, get a little more yarn here, a little more here, a little more here And this technique is handy because, if you were way too tight on your cast-on and I said, "Okay, now make your knit stitches," and you're like, "Oh my gosh, I wrapped this part too much "and my cast-on's too tight," this is how you can fix it So you just come down here Again, if I need more and I don't have enough for down here, come down to the end, pull on it, and then I hold it with my finger, and then I pull on the next one and then hold this part with my finger, pull on the next one And sometimes I have to use my other hand here

And then, just start pulling on the slack and getting that slack out of there, and make these stitches looser And get that extra yarn all the way down to the end You just play with it So, that's how you can make sure if your stuff is too tight or too loose, and you can fix it The tightness that we just talked about, that's usually the part that most new loom knitters will do

They tend to be too tight on their tension And you need to have a way to loosen those things up Don't worry about it if you're too tight of a knitter Some people are too loose And yeah, you'll just have to intentionally say to yourself to pull it a little bit more snug every time, pull each stitch

But if you're a tight loom knitter, don't be afraid of it You could break a peg if you go way too tight So, if it starts feeling tight and stiff, go ahead and pull out your work and rip it out and do it again I'm a big believer in taking those things out, so that you learn what happened and you become a better knitter So, I want you to practice those three cast-ons a few extra times

And then, the next time we see each other we'll start working on our knit stitches, and you will just use whichever cast-on that you prefer There is no right or wrong answer here Be sure to click on the next video link in the description, and subscribe with notifications for new lessons with the bell icon so that you know when the next video comes out We also have more information on our website I can't wait to see you in the next lesson

(slow piano music) Thanks for joining us today, where we help you stitch your love and love your stitches See you again soon

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