Saturday, January 26, 2013

Long tail cast on

Here is a video which I show how to work the long tail cast on left handed. I start by using just one strand  than at about 1:40 I show how to use 2 strands which is really useful if you do not know how much tail you will need for your co edge when casting on a lot of stitches (ex, sweaters, blankets). I also explain how to make sure your long tail cast on edge remains stretchy.

 
this shows how stretchy the long tail cast on can be. I continued working off the cast on in this video to create my swatch for my bind off video. Here is a clip that shows it fully stretched. Leaving space between the stitches is the key!


2 comments:

Jane McLellan said...

What's the advantage of the long tail cast on? My gran used to use it, so I thought it was the way to go. But when I read that casting on between stitches was more stretchy, and you don't run the risk of running out of yarn, I abandoned that method.

Rachel G said...

I find it really fast. There are lots of methods to cast on. and if you use 2 balls (or both ends of the same ball) you will never run out of "tail" and can just snip it when done. But it all boils down to personal preference. If you leave a space between stitches you will have a very stretchy edge.

I've added a photo of this swatch stretched to show how stretchy the swatch is. This is the swatch I used for both the long tail and bind off.