Long tail cast on – with 2 tails

No amount of wishful thinking was going to change the fate of my latest project. I didn’t like how it was working up, so I undid it. I’m getting quite good at that 😉

I liked the stitch pattern, and decided to see if I could use it on a cardigan shape I have used before. This meant casting on over 200 stitches. If you’ve tried a sling shot long tail cast on, you’ll know there’s a certain amount of guesswork involved in estimating the length of the “tail” that is required. Imagine trying to cast on 200 stitches and finding you run out of ‘tail’ when you get to 190 🙄 I didn’t want to risk it.

The solution?

I thought it might be a useful tip for you too.

Use a spare ball of yarn for the “tail”, so you are using two balls of yarn to cast on, and then when you have the required number of stitches on your needle, just cut the spare yarn off (with enough excess to sew in securely later) and continue the work with the remaining single ball of yarn.

No more long tail guesswork!

I didn’t think to take a photo of the 200+ stitches, so here’s a photo of the sleeve cast-on instead …


Have you cast on a new project this week? I’d love to hear about it!



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2 Responses to Long tail cast on – with 2 tails

  1. swissrose says:

    Does that make the cast-on usable as a provisional, too?!
    As I always do long-tail it’s always a bit of guesswork so I rarely fall short even when it’s a lot of stitches 😉, just experience (317 st last week 👍).
    And yes, I cast on 220 on Friday, knitted for 4 hrs “on the road”, didn’t like the fabric and no spare needles with me so unravelled the lot. Sigh.


    • yarnsmithery says:

      😳 4 hours x 220 sts all frogged? Gulp! But better now than later! Not sure if the 2 tail cast-on could be used as a provisional – I don’t think so, but I will test it out and let you know! 😃


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