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Opening the Loop
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Opening the loop with the right hand needle.

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Once you've made your slip knot, put the needle with the slip knot in your left hand and the empty needle in your right.

To begin the cast on, slide the right-hand needle into the loop on the left-hand needle, from front to back, as shown in the photo. This is known as "opening the loop" because you're piercing the loop and leaving it open for working a stitch.

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