Leaving a long tail (about ½" [1.3
cm] for each stitch to be cast on), make a slipknot (this counts as the first stitch.) Place your thumb and index
finger between the yarn ends so that the working yarn is around your index
finger and the tail end is around your thumb. Secure the ends with your other
fingers and hold your palm upward, making a V of yarn (Figure 1).
*Bring the needle in front of the
thumb, under both strands around the thumb, down into the center of the thumb
loop, then forward toward you. Now bring the needle over the strand going to
the index finger to grab it (Figure 2).
Bring the needle back through the loop
on the thumb, turning the thumb slightly to make room for the
needle to pass through. (Figure 3)
Drop the loop off the thumb (Figure
4) and, placing the thumb back in the V configuration, tighten up the
resulting stitch on the needle.
Repeat from * for the
desired number of stitches. Distribute the stitches over your chosen needles
and join for working in the round.