Creating the very first row of knitting is called casting on.  You are instructed in a pattern to cast on or CO.  There exist many, many ways of doing this, but probably the most popular is the long-tail cast on and for good reason:  it's versatile, looks nice and is easy to work into.  The cast on I was taught as a kid is the one sometimes called backwards loop cast on or e cast on; it's impossible to knit into, always gets wonky and droopy and the first row looks nasty.  That said, there are occasions where I use it, but that's another post for another time.

The first step of almost any cast on is a slip-knot.  The slip knot holds your yarn on the needle and forms your first stitch.  It hangs people up sometimes, but understand how it's constructed and you'll never struggle.  Here are some step-by-step photos for you to follow to get that first knot on your needle.
make a loop...

...flip the loop over the yarn on the right

with your needle, pick up the yarn through the loop

snug it up to your needle

This is the first thing you'll learn in your Beginning Knitting or Crochet Class.  Our next set of classes starts this coming weekend.  We'd love to see you there.

Intro to Crochet
Saturdays 10AM - noon

$25 includes all your supplies
Beginning Knitting
Sundays 10AM - noon
3/10,  3/17, 3/24 and 3/31
$125 includes all your supplies