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Michael Richman, Owner & Operator, The Knitty Gritty NYC


853 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY, 10031
United States


The Knitty Gritty NYC the home of my custom knitwear shop.  I create custom, one of a kind knitwear accessories, apparel, as well as custom dyed yarns.  I also offer a gallery of stitches for knitters looking for inspiration, private in person knitting lessons in New York as well as other knitting resources through my personal knitting blog.


Instruction - Knitting Tutorials

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Single Cast On

Single Cast on is probably the quickest and most basic method.  It's also known as the backwards loop method or e- loop method.  You will see why in a moment.  Pay extra attention to the slip knot part as well at the beginning of the tutorial.  You will need to know how to make a slip knot for all types of cast on methods.

Level: Basic

Elasticity: Flexible

Benefits: Quick and Easy

Draw Backs: Difficult to keep tension and can create an uneven first row.  This is not as much of a concern for beginners but as you progress, other more complex cast on methods will fix this problem.  

Long Tail Cast On

Long Tail Cast on is the most popular cast on method and is widely used for a its clean attractive edge.  You will only need one needle to achieve this cast on.

Level: Intermediate

Elasticity: Slightly less flexible.  You can remedy this by using slightly larger needles to cast on.

Benefits: Quick and Clean Looking

Draw Backs: The only draw back with the long tail cast on is not leaving enough of a tail for the amount of stitches.  The rule of thumb is to measure about 1" for each stitch you're casting on.  Also be aware of which strand is on what side when casting on. The strand around your pointer finger makes the loops and the strand around your thumb makes the chain underneath the loops.  

Knit Cast On

The Knit Cast on is the cast on method I learned first and therefore the one I've used the most.  Learning this method is a great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone cause you will already to know how to achieve a knit stitch.  That being said this method requires 2 needles to achieve.

Level: Intermediate

Elasticity: Flexible

Benefits: Clean and great Knit Practice.

Draw Backs: I'm a bit biased so I can't think of too many draw backs with this one other than it's a tad more time consuming. 

Knit and Purl Stitches

Knit and Purl stitches are the basic building blocks of knitted fabric.  This tutorial goes through each stitch individually step by step.  One thing I forgot to mention in the video is that to switch from a knit stitch to a purl stitch for patterns like 2x2 ribbing for example, simple lift the working yarn up and over the left hand needle.  Remember Knit Stitch is Yarn Back & Purl Stitch is Yarn Front.  Good Luck!