The Long Tail Cast On – photo and video tutorial

how to make a long tail cast on

Is it really sad to have a “favourite” cast-on?  If so, sign me up, I’m sad!  The long tail cast on is my favourite cast-on, its simple and quick and relatively painless (once you have your head around it!)This is the long-tail cast-on.  So called because you case-on using a long tail of yarn to make the cast-on row.

I’ve tried to explain it as simply as I can below.  Please let me know if you have any questions though! 🙂

How to make the long tail cast on

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It’s really that simple!

How much “tail” will you need?

The trick to making a successful long tail cast on is calculating how much “tail” you will need.

I do this as follows:

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Because it’s not always easy to tell from photos, I’ve also done this “slow-mo” video showing you how to make this long tail cast on!


That’s it! Simples!

Hope it works for you if you try it!

If you found this tutorial useful, you can find lots more of my tutorials here!



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