hello, I just finished my scarf, so I decided that I want to take on a new challenge , and make myself a hat .Yesterday i purchased size 9 circular knitting needles.i have no idea how to start casting on. if anyone can help me i would really appreciate it.
If you go to the "basic techniques" tab and click it, it will take you to the cast-on page where there are a number of different cast-ons... the long-tail is the easiest in my opinion and creates an already-knitted row!!
Make sure your needles are not too long to go around a hat, 16 inches might be good. Just caston like normal. I like to swop the first and last stitches onto the opposite needle with one going through the other and knit those first few stitches tightly, otherwise you may get a big ugly gap between the join.
just cast on as if you where using a normal straight needle,
For instance if you use a long tail cast on, then you begin with the needle in the rigt hand and the yarn in the left. Cast on as many stitches as you need.
Spread the stitches alon the entire length of the needles from tip to tip.
when you start knitting have the tip with the working yarn in the right hand and the other tip in the left hand.
To start knitting in the round start knitting into the stitches on the left needle like normal, using the working yarn coming from the right needle.
This is the very basics of starting to knit in the round for continental knitting.