Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you all the best for 2015 and hope it’ll be filled with joy, laughters and new projects! 😉

myrtille-KAL-announcment

Speaking of which, Myrtille‘s Knit-Along (remember the pattern I designed for the Swiss Delights Yarn Kit in December) is starting today! YAY!

During the next month, I’ll be posting about specific tips and techniques, answering questions, and cheering you all to help you knit the perfect shawl.

You’re all more than welcome to join the fun on my Ravelry group!

If you’re not one of the lucky knitter who grabed a kit, fear not! The pattern will be available after the end of the KAL on Ravelry and you’ll be able to follow along afterwards! But to start this off right, I have something special planned!

So without further ado, I’m very happy to introduce a new feature on Stitch-N-Smile: How-To Thursday. The goal is to post about special tips and techniques in order to help you become a better, more efficient crafter.

And what better time than the present to start this! (I know, we’re not Thursday yet but I’m too excited to wait!)

Get ready for the first How-To with a technique useful to start any knitting: the cast on.

That way, the beginner knitters working on Myrtille will have a little extra help to start and hopefully the more experienced ones will learn some new tricks along the way.

How-to-cast-on

Maybe it was just me who was ignorant for all these years but I always started my cast on with a slip knot. Turns out, when you start with just the yarn on the needles, you get neater results.

How-To cast on 01

Then put your thumb and index under the yarn and grab the tails with the remaining fingers in your palm.

How-To cast on 02

By rotating this view and putting the needle and your fingers in front of you, you’ll get the slingshot position, the basic position to start casting on stitches.

How-To cast on 03

How-To cast on 04

Next, with the tip of your needle, go under the strand that’s going from your palm to your thumb.

How-To cast on 05

And then, under the one that’s between your index and your palm.

How-To cast on 06

How-To cast on 07

Bring back this second strand into the loop formed by the thumb.

How-To cast on 08

And let go of the loop from the thumb.

How-To cast on 09

Tighten and you have your first casted on stitch!

Resume from the slingshot position to cast on the desired amount.

How-To cast on 10

That’s it, you can start knitting!

See how the beginning of the cast on is neat and without knots? That’s the beauty of starting without a slip knot! Love it! 🙂

Now that you know the basics, I hope to see you all casting on new projects!

Have fun and don’t forget to share your progress on Myrtille using the #myrtilleKAL hashtag! 🙂