Here’s how to CO without having to estimate the tail length:
Use two tails of yarn, either from
two separate balls of yarn, OR
a tail from the inside and a tail from the outside of a center-pull ball.
Leave at least 3" on each tail, tie the ends together with a slip knot.
Slide the slip knot onto your needle and tighten it up.
Now separate the two working strands as if they were one long strand and work long-tail CO as usual.
On left hand wrap yarn around finger and thumb (as seen in photo and video).
With right needle, come under thumb loop of left hand.
Then come over finger loop and draw a loop of yarn from the finger loop through thumb loop.
Release, tighten up that stitch, and reposition fingers/hands for next cast-on stitch.
When you have all stitches CO (do NOT count the initial slip knot), cut one of the working strands, leaving a tail that you can later work in.
Begin knitting with the uncut strand of yarn and when you come to the other end of your CO, slide the slip knot off the needle and pull out the knot.
If you are casting on fewer stitches, check out the traditional method.
Hi Lynn, Glad you find it helpful! Check out the written instructions. Step 9 instructs you to cut one of the strands at the end of the cast on, then continue with your knitting. Enjoy!
Great tip, but do you continue using both ends of yarns
Or do,you cut one off eventually? Sorry to be stupid but it isn’t explained
I think the video left out the cutting of one of the live strands to know which one to start knitting with. Very helpful information, regardless.
Great information, I’d never be able to think of this on my own, in spite of much trial and error during my knitting days. (some 8 years ago).
Moltres gràcies per ajudar-nos amb les teves habilitats.
That is great information,and easy to understand! Thank you for sharing!
That is genius! Thank you so much for sharing this great tip!🧶I will do it this way now forever!
Brilliant! This will make a big difference in my knitting!!!
Wow! This is great…and rather easy to follow. Thanks for making my return-to-knitting so nice. I’ve been away from the craft for such a long time that I’ve managed to forget much of the beginning phases. Your instructions are such a boon for me. Again, big bunches of thanks.
This is great! I am facing a 200+ stitch cast on for a cowl.
Very complicated and makes no sense to me. Thank you anyway
Thank you so much for sharing this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve ended up with a huge long tail or not enough to finish the cast on.
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