Backward Loop Cast On

This cast-on is among the easiest and the one most often taught to children.  It does not create the neatest edge when knitting with yarn, but it is a very convenient cast-on when knitting with wire.

To work the Backward Loop Cast-on:

Step 1:  Make a slip knot on your right needle if working with yarn.  If working with wire (shown), you may find it easier to twist a loop of appropriate size.  Whether using slip knot or twisted loop, this first loop will count as your first stitch.
Step 2:  Loop the working wire...
Step 3:  ...and place it on the needle backward so that the working end of the wire lays from back to front.
Step 4:  Continue in this way until the desired number of stitches have been cast on.