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Knitting Tip - How much yarn to leave when making long tail cast on

by Ratcha
(Maryland)

Before I learned about this knitting tip, I used to leave too little or too long of yarn when casting on using a long tail method.

I've learned that leaving about an inch of yarn per a stitch would give me just about the right amount of yarn to do my long tail cast on. For example, if I wanted to cast on 30 stitches, I would start my slipknot at about 30 inches from the tip of the yarn. This way, I don't have to waste a lot of yarn and I don't have waste my time redo the cast on.

Another tip I learn about how much yarn it takes to complete a row is to measure the yarn about 3 times of the length of the row you want to knit. So if you're in doubt whether you'll complete a row with that last bit of yarn, you can simply measure the yarn 3 times as long as your row. You don't want to run out of yarn in the middle of the row. Well, that if you don't mind a bumpy look in the middle of your project.

I personally think starting a new skein of yarn at the beginning of a row makes a project much more neater.

That's my knitting tips for today! Hope they come in handy.

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Apr 03, 2016

by: Ratchadawan

What a great idea! Thank you for sharing your idea with us

Ratcha

Apr 03, 2016
How much yarn to leave when making long tail cast on
by: Marie

I wrap my yarn around the needle 10 times and measure how much yarn it takes then divide the numbers of stitches by 10 and measure out the appropriate amount of yarn.

ie: 10 wraps = 8 inches

Pattern stitches 60 / 10 = 6


Then I fold the yarn over 6 times and add bout 10 inches.

It works for me

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