Monday, June 9, 2014

Short-tailed Long-tailed Cast On

Ever have trouble with too short a tail when casting on with the long tailed cast on? Of course you have! I have! I bet everyone has had this problem at one time or another. The solution is easy. Cast on with two tails. Draw your yarn from the center and the end of the ball. Anchor each yarn to your working needle with a slip knot. Make sure to leave enough tail to weave in ends later. Now treat the yarn from each end of the ball just like you would handle both tails in a long-tailed cast on. Cast on the desired number of stitches plus two. Once complete, drop the slip knots off the needle (or if using straights, don't knit them and drop them at the end of the first row). Cut the yarn you won't be knitting with, leaving a long enough tail to weave in later.

Using this method, you will never run out of yarn while casting on using the Long-tailed cast on. The downside is that you will have three tails to weave in.

Here's how you do it:

Choose your 2 ends. If you have one ball, choose an outside and an inside end. If you have multiple balls, you can choose an end from each ball. I have multiple balls, so I'm choosing 1 end from each ball.
Create a slip knot using both strands of yarn, leaving a 6-8 inch tail for weaving in later. Create the slip stitch so that the loop is created with the yarn tails. This way you can easily pull it out once you have completed your cast on. The slip knot is not a stitch. You will slip this off the needle once the cast on is completed.
The working strands form the "V".
From between your thumb and forefinger, wrap one strand over the top and around the outside of the thumb. Wrap the second strand over and around the top of the forefinger. Catch the working strands with your remaining fingers.
Bring your needle around and under the thumbs outside strand. Your needle is in the middle of the thumb loop.
Continue by taking your needle over the top of the index finger loop's inside strand and catch it with your needle.
... and pull through.
Release loops and pull tight.
Repeat until desired stitches are cast on. In the case of this example I have cast on 10 stitches. You will notice that it looks like there are 11 stitches. The first "stitch" is the slip knot.
Slide stitches to the other end of the needle.
Slip the slip knot of the needle & pull out.
The completed cast on. The stitches need to be moved back to the other end of the needle to be worked. Cut the yarn that you will not be working with making sure to leave a long enough tail to weave in later. The downside, you now have 3 tails to weave in, a small price to pay for not running short of yarn to complete your cast on.

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

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