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.

10 thoughts on “Long Tail Cast On

  1. Hi! This might be a dumb question, but I was wondering if you count the slip knot as one of the stitches— what I mean is, for example, if a pattern requires you to cast on 48 stitches, is this 48 including the slip knot or is this 48 in addition to the slip knot?

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

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