Friday, May 14, 2010

Long tail cast on - How to gauge how much yarn needed

This came up with some friends yesterday.
How do you know how much yarn to allow when doing a long tail cast on.
A simple yet effective method to ensure you don't have too long or worse too short a tail (so you have to redo the cast on when you run out of tail part way through casting on) is to wind the yarn around the needle a number of times corresponding to the number of stitches you need to cast on.
Note if you wind on top of previous loops you will end up with extra tail.

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