This cast on is called the long tail cast on. There are dozens of ways to cast on. We find this the most useful, general purpose, and a great cast on for someone just learning.
Video instruction for each step as you knit a hat, from beginning to end!
You will be knitting in a continuous circle, not turning at the end of each row. Instead, you work in “rounds” without turning the work. A marker will be placed to designate the beginning of each round.
The American method of knitting is by throwing the yarn with your right hand. We find it best to begin this way. As you progress you may want to experiment with other ways of holding the yarn. You may also thread the yarn through your fingers for more tension on the yarn.
If you find yourself wanting to wrap the yarn with your left hand, you may be a “continental” knitter. We will be happy to teach you this method of knitting in-person.
When the stitches are so few that they don’t stretch around the circular needle easily, it is time to change to double points.