Casting on with your thumb is a fast way of working a long-tail cast-on, perfect for yarn with a firm twist. This method follows the knitted cast-on method, but uses a thumb instead of one needle. It's faster than working with two needles, hence its popularity!

How to cast on with your thumb step-by-step


Pull three times the width of the project you are knitting.


Wind the yarn around your thumb, and insert a needle knitwise.


Bring the yarn around the needle.


Bring the needle through the stitch and on to the needle. Pull to tighten.


Repeat. And you're finished - beautifully done!