Tutorial—How to knit the Backwards Loop Cast-on Method October 19, 2016 10:32
The backwards loop cast-on is a great method to use when casting on just a few stitches. It's quick and easy to do! However, it's not super stable, so I don't recommend using it for a large number of stitches. It's perfect for adding a few stitches to the neck and underarms of sweaters, and I use it in those areas often in my patterns.
Here's how to do it:
Step 1: At the end of either a RS or WS row, wrap the yarn around your thumb or forefinger as shown above. This technique is done the same way for RS or WS rows.
Step 2: Insert the right-hand needle under the strand of yarn at the front of your finger.
Step 3: Remove your finger from the loop and tighten the loop around the hook.
Repeat Steps 1–3 until the desired number of stitches are cast on. Here there are 5 stitches shown.