Long Tail Cast On

If you had to limit yourself to one cast on, this would be the one. The long tail cast on leaves a smooth edge with a firm, yet elastic tension. I always teach this cast on to beginner knitters since it is best to start off using the cast on with the most universal applications. If you haven’t tried it or need a refresher, take a peek at my video.

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  1. sylvia farina
    Posted March 2, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to start this!

  2. Fran Friel
    Posted February 19, 2013 at 3:00 am | Permalink

    Thank you! Simply explained and easy to follow,

  3. Marie Jean Sturdy
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for this demonstration of long tail cast-on, very well demonstrated and easy to follow. How do I know how long a tail to leave, did I miss this part in the video?

  4. Posted April 5, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Wrap your yarn around the needle 10 times. Carefully unwind and measure the length of this yarn. That is the length of tail needed to cast on 10 stitches. Use this measurement to calculate how much tail you will need. For example, if it rook 5″ of yarn to wrap around the needle 10 times and you need to cast on 50 stitches you will need 25″ of yarn to cast on.

  5. Jeanne Harvey
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for sharing your formula for calculating the length of yarn needed for casting on with the long tail. This will be very helpful and will save a lot of time, The video lessons are excellent and much appreciated!

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