There are many ways to cast on knitting stitches, but when I was taught to knit by my Grandmother back in the 60s, I used the "knitted" method, which may take a little bit longer, but personally I find it leaves a cleaner edge. Some experienced knitters may argue this, but for me, this is the best version.
I haven't figured out how to create youtube videos just yet, but I did find one that shows this method very clearly. Once you have a slip stitch on your needle you simply knit as in a garter stich but instead of the part where your drop the stitch you pick it up. This version will also work for patterns that ask you to "pick up a knitted stitch". But right now we will concentrate on casting on.
You can find many different methods on Youtube if you prefer something else. Some knitters use their hands to slip on new stitches, but I always ended up with loops hanging afterwards making my work look odd. But like I said, it is a personal choice.
But for me this is how I always cast on my knitting stitches. Hope this helps!
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.