Tutorial: disappearing loop cast-on
With a disappearing loop cast on, you can start a circular piece of knitting in the middle.
Make a large loop.
Hold the loop firmly between the thumb and the index finger of your right hand, together with a double pointed needle.
Insert your left thumb in the loop and hold the yarn tight.
Insert the tip of the needle inside the loop…
…all the way under the strands…
… and bring back a loop throught the large loop (the one you hold with your thumb)= the first stitch.
Close-up: it doesn’t really look like a stitch. Hold the “stitches” well between your fingers.
Make the third like the first one, inserting the tip of the needle inside the large loop and bringing back the loop.
Make the fourth stitch by making a yarn over and so on, until you have the required number of stitches. Just a few for the best results: here, 6 stitches. Look how the last yarn over barely looks like a stitch.
Here, you are usually told to even your stitches on double poointed needles adn knit the first round… and usually all the needles are falling out… Here is my little trick to avoid it: holding them tight between your fingers, slide the 6 “stitches” to the right side of the needle…
This is what the last stitch (the yarn over) looks like.
6 stitches on the needle
If you pull the tail, the loop is closing
Arrange your stitches on three needles and knit your second row.
Of course you could do all that from the beginning using a circular needle and, at this point, the Magic Loop technique.
In this second round, you will usually make increases to make a flat piece of knitting.
The hands of my Theodora doll, are started using this cast on for a very clean look.