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Easy and simple step-by-step instructions to walk you through the Magic Circle Cast On and get you knitting your project in no time. 

The Magic Circle Cast On, which is also known as "Emily Ocker's Cast On", is an easy way to start a piece of circular knitting from the center of the circle. It's really convenient for knitting projects like coozies, shawls, or hats.  The fact that a crochet hook is involved can be intimidating for some knitters but shouldn't be. It's fast, easy, and you'll only have to pick that hook up for a couple stitches before you're back to knitting in the round. 

Let's get started.
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Step 1: Things You'll Need

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  • Yarn
  • Crochet Hook
  • Double Pointed Needles 
Make sure to double check your Needles, Hook, Yarn and Gauge to your pattern or project. 

Step 2: Wrap Your Yarn

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Wrap your yarn around your non-dominant hand as shown above so that your pointer finger has one loop of yarn on it. Both your long tail and your short tail of yarn should be on top of your fingers and palm. 

From here on out, in this Instructable I will be referring to the following:
  • Long Tail= This is the longer string of yarn that is still attached to your ball of yarn.
  • Main Loop= This is the first loop on your pointer finger.
  • Short Tail= This is the shorter string of yarn that ends. It should be the farthest to the right. 

Step 3: Start Hookin'

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Slide your crochet hook under both the main loop and the long tail of your yarn. Grab the long tail with your crochet hook. 

Step 4: Pull Through

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Pull the long tail under and through the main loop on your finger. 

Step 5: Hook Again

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Keeping the loop you have just created on your hook, reach over the main loop on your finger to hook the long tail again. 

Step 6: First Stitch

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Pull the long tail you've just hooked through the loop on your crochet hook. You have just created and cast on your first stitch!
nuthara3 months ago

thank you!

This tutorial makes it seem SO easy!! I'm eager to get started :o)

jarndt37 months ago

Thank you!

kenralph1 year ago

That's awesome! I never knew you could do that :D