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Mar 29, 2011 09:01:00   #
I've been knitting for years but it's always a challenge when casting on to determine how much yarn to unwind to start the casting on. Sometimes I'm lucky, other times I've wasted a substantial amount of yarn. Does anyone have a surefire way of determining it? I've tried wrapping the yarn around the needle the number of times of stitches I would cast on... didn't work.
Mar 29, 2011 09:14:57   #
((((( Hi, Pfarley! Good day to you from Iowa!

Yes, there are several ways to work the CO/s. When the pattern calls for a long-tail cast on or no specific cast on and you choose to use the LTCO, do #1:

1 - Allowing for an 8" tail, wind the yarn around the needle the nunber # of called for stitches, allow another 8"s, allow 2 more inches for the slip knot, grab the yarn and make your slip knit there. Or:

2 - Use the knit cast on (which doesn't need any pulled out yarn allowance). Or:

3 - Use the cable cast on (this ones is very similar to #2; There's just a slight difference).

#2 & 3 both have videos for one to view. #2 is a stretchier CO compared to #1 and #3 is stretchier than #2; I hear that #3 is useful for cuffs, necklines or anytime one wants the stretchiest FO.

Good luck & HAND!
pfarley4106 wrote:
I've been knitting for years but it's always a challenge when casting on to determine how much yarn to unwind to start the casting on. Sometimes I'm lucky, other times I've wasted a substantial amount of yarn. Does anyone have a surefire way of determining it? I've tried wrapping the yarn around the needle the number of times of stitches I would cast on... didn't work.
Mar 29, 2011 09:17:02   #
That is one of life's dilemas, I swear. I do not waste the yarn, I start over until I have the correct tail. This is the only bad part about starting a new project for me. I will be watching with great interest to see if anyone has a sure fire method for casting on.
Mar 29, 2011 15:43:03   #
Thanks Iowa... Tried #1 and not always happy with it. I'll give number 2 a try.
Mar 30, 2011 06:03:45   #
it's a big guessing game here....
Mar 30, 2011 06:52:17   #
tamarque (a regular here)
Last year I did a search online for different cast on methods. Must have discovered at least 10 methods. Some of them do not require knowing ahead of time how much yarn to leave for the co. It was a fun search as there are methods from a number of different countries. Have a good time.
Mar 30, 2011 06:57:27   #
The best I've been able to figure is if I need a lot of stitches, to cast on about 15 stitches. Take them off, figure out how much yarn they took, and make my tail twice as long if i need 30 plus a little, 3x as much for 45, and so on. It works pretty well. If i don't end up dead on, I end up with a tail a little too long. But at least i don't have to cast on the whole lot twice over! It is really an estimator.
Mar 30, 2011 07:45:16   #
On items that need to be seamed I deliberately leave an excess of yarn (on a bobbin) for the seam. If I'm making a non seamed item I'm pretty good at guessing and at most have 4 - 8" left after the cast on.
Mar 30, 2011 07:48:08   #
flohel (a regular here)
I measure the yatn from fingertip to elbow and figure that is approximatelty 25 stitches. Do that until I have enough then add a little more lenth for the tail. Works for me.Been doing that for over sixty years.
Mar 30, 2011 07:51:17   #
yes flohel, that's how I was taught but with fingering yarn you can count on that measurement giving you about 40 stitches.
Mar 30, 2011 08:13:22   #
flohel (a regular here)
You are correct I forgot to add that.
Mar 30, 2011 08:18:17   #

Mar 30, 2011 08:30:32   #
I had read on this site the idea of wrapping the yarn around the needle the number of stitches required and put your slip knot there. It's worked for me thus far! I love this connection! I used to just "eyeball" it.
Mar 30, 2011 08:37:49   #
I'm a new knitter and that's been a dilema for me, too. I have heard that you should have 12" of tail for every 10 stitches. Does that sound crazy? I haven't tried it yet!
Mar 30, 2011 08:44:10   #
I also leave 12 inches of tail for every 10 stitches in worsted weight yarn. I suppose you leave less for thinner yarn. If I am making a sweater, the longer the tail the better because I use it to sew up the seams. Have fun!
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