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The Long-Tail Cast On is probably the most popular of all the cast-on methods. This is because it is suitable for so many types of knitting projects.
It is fairly easy to learn. And as the name suggests, you will need a long yarn tail as well as the working yarn to create the cast-on edge.
The resulting edge is both firm and elastic which makes it suitable for projects knitted in garter, stockinette or rib stitches.
In addition, the edge is also attractive and will look good on both the right side and the wrong side of your knitting project.
However, you should note that due to the structure of the Long-Tail Cast On, it creates the first row of knitting, a right-side row.
Depending on the stitch pattern, many knitters prefer to purl a row before starting on the actual pattern. This is when knitting flat. When knitting in the round, this is not an issue.
The Long-Tail Cast On is sometimes also referred to as a Continental, Double or Two-Stranded Cast On.
- Elastic and attractive edge
- First row begins with the wrong side of the knitting project
- Any stitch pattern and any knitting project
Step-by-Step Long-Tail Cast On Knitting Tutorial
Create a slingshot while holding the knitting needle in your right hand.
While securing the slip knot loop with your right index finger, bring the needle down and then under and into the loop on your left thumb.
Go over the loop on your left index finger and bring it through the thumb loop.
Let go of the loop around your left thumb and gently pull the loose yarn to tighten the new loop (stitch) created around the right-hand needle. Be careful not to tighten the loop too tight!
Keep your fingers in the Slingshot position. Repeat steps 2 – 4 to add more stitches until the required amount for the desired project is reached.
As you are making the stitches, always secure the “newest” stitch with our index finger. This will help you maintain an even tension.