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Re: casting on stitches
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: March 09, 2009 01:04PM

Are you doing the long-tail cast-on and when you finish casting on stitches you have more than you need for your tail end?

One sure-fire way to eliminate the excessively long tail with type of cast-on is to tie two strands of your yarn and then do your long-tail. When you finish casting on the number of stitches you want, leaving a 4-6 inch tail you break off the yarn that is the base of your cast-on. This works especially well if you need to cast-on a large number of stitches.

You can also cast-on about 10-20 stitches and then measure how much yarn you used for the base part of this cast-on. Then use this measure to calculate how long your tail needs to be -- and don't forget to add in the 4-6 inches that you want left for your tail.

A technique I have used when I don't have a long of stitches to cast-on is to wrap my yarn around my needle for as many stitches as I will need. Then mark that poin and that is where I will begin my long-tail cast-on.

You can also explore other types of cast-ons that do not require the use of a yarn for the base -- you could look at cable cast-on, knit cast-on or crochet cast-on. I believe you can find demonstrations of all of these at

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  casting on stitches gardenchick 03/09/2009 10:05AM
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