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Does anyone use LONG TAIL CAST ON with 2 ends of wool?
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Aug 18, 2013 16:17:39   #
Kerry Anne (a regular here)
 
I like to cast on using the Long Tail cast on method but using both ends of a skein of wool. It means that I don't have to gauge the length of yarn needed for the stitches ... and naturally, it means taking one of the ends from the inside of the skein. I then have a blob of yarn. I don't seem to be able to keep it neat. I've tried wrapping it around the end of the skein but then I can't knit properly, because it hinders the topmost strand of yarn, which then can't unravel properly. I always, always end up with a terrible tangle. Does anyone have any solutions of how to keep the inner strand of wool away from the topmost strand, so as not to end up with them wrapped around one another. I usually sit on the sofa. Perhaps that's the problem. Maybe if I sat at the dining table I could keep the different ends of wool separate ...

This problem happens every single time I cast on, but I don't want to change my cast on method. Any help greatly appreciated.
 
Aug 18, 2013 16:21:56   #
Glennys 2
 
I also like to use 2 ends of yarn on my long tail cast on. When I get all of my stitches cast on, I find the find the outside of the yarn, follow it to the needle and cut it off. Sometimes I just grab one of the yarns and cut it off. If you areusing more than 1 skein of yarn just grab an end from to skeins and use them to cast on.
Aug 18, 2013 16:24:45   #
Becca (a regular here)
 
Yes, you can use both ends of a skein by unraveling the outside more. If the inside end "burbs" too much yarn, wrap it around your fingers to form a center pull and insert it back into the skein. Unfamiliar with center pull wraps, check knitfreedom.com to see this version or Google your query. Or if you have two skeins, use both.
Aug 18, 2013 18:09:46   #
Raybo
 
I do that when I can, sometimes it's impossible to get both ends from a skein, but if I have 2 skeins I use one from each.
Aug 18, 2013 18:10:29   #
AmyKnits (account disabled)
 
I always use the long tail cast on with two ends of yarn. If you are going to be using two balls of yarn, simply start with one end from each ball... This would prevent your problems... I RARELY do a project with only one ball of yarn.

If you are only using one ball, you will need to use both ends. To avoid tangling, pull out a length of the OUTSIDE first and roll it neatly into a ball. THEN, pull out your plug and wrap any excess around the ball band, if needed. Unless you are casting on hundreds of stitches, tangling shouldn't be too problematic since you will be cutting one end anyways... The cutting will allow you to easily untangle anything that got twisted!
Aug 18, 2013 19:23:30   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
I skip the middle man and do the crochet cast-on from one ball of yarn.
 
Aug 19, 2013 03:43:12   #
Kerry Anne (a regular here)
 
Thank you, everyone; really helpful replies. It makes sense, I suppose, to use the two-skein method but I often only have one skein of a colour, as most of my wool comes through charity shops and boot sales. I'll try out the ways you have all suggested and see if I can manage to cast on without entangling myself, lol!
Aug 19, 2013 08:13:46   #
Beetytwird (a regular here)
 
Use two separate balls of yarn! Unless you are doing a small project you are going to have to use another one at some point any way, right? So just use two to start with, then work with one as usual. I asume you pull from the outside to work with, try using the inside strand, pull from center. Skien won't roll as you knit, won't tangle as much. good luck
Aug 19, 2013 09:01:20   #
AdeleRM
 
Since you've already pulled out the center of the skein, why not knit from the center rather than he outside?
Aug 19, 2013 09:35:18   #
Ellen Lazenby
 
I have always estimated the length I need for casting on. Sometimes I "under calculate" . I always knit from the inside of the skein so it doesn't roll away.
When you use the two end method, how do you secure the end you cut off?
Aug 19, 2013 09:57:07   #
KnitByVi
 
I run the yarn thru a straw from each skein of yarn. It helps me from the tangled up mess.
 
Aug 19, 2013 10:09:46   #
Kerry Anne (a regular here)
 
I do use the inside of the skein to knit with, but somehow I still end up with the ends tangling together. I don't know how that happens - it just does; it's as though the two ends gravitate mysteriously towards one another, lol!

Also, when I drop the outside strand to use the inner strand, the outside one unravels itself.
Aug 19, 2013 12:09:24   #
R-honda
 
When starting from the inside of a pull skein, I have found that inserting my index finger from each hand into the center of each end of the skein until they meet in the middle, then grasping the smallest amount of the yarn as possible with one hand, I can usually pull out just a little yarn with the starting end in it. Takes some practice, but I can probably get a small amount without lots of spaghetti 95% of the time. I show this to my students and they love it! Just make sure that your finger tips touch in the middle before wiggling your thumb in to grasp the yarn. Happy knitting(or crocheting) everyone!!
Aug 19, 2013 12:30:32   #
linzers
 
AmyKnits wrote:
I always use the long tail cast on with two ends of yarn. If you are going to be using two balls of yarn, simply start with one end from each ball... This would prevent your problems... I RARELY do a project with only one ball of yarn.

If you are only using one ball, you will need to use both ends. To avoid tangling, pull out a length of the OUTSIDE first and roll it neatly into a ball. THEN, pull out your plug and wrap any excess around the ball band, if needed. Unless you are casting on hundreds of stitches, tangling shouldn't be too problematic since you will be cutting one end anyways... The cutting will allow you to easily untangle anything that got twisted!
I always use the long tail cast on with two ends o... (show quote)


So well stated! I do the same.
Aug 19, 2013 13:39:03   #
Marietje
 
Can you explain the crochet cast on please?
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