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Apr 12, 2019 08:40:18   #
I know a left handed knitter who does the long tail cast-on like all right handed do: with the needle in the right hand and the yarn in the left hand. I noticed her edge is always much more beautiful than mine, and it actually resembles a chain. Now I have figured out the secret: When you cast on right handed, but knit left handed, each stitch will be twisted a half turn. This twist makes all the difference and creates this beautiful edge.

You do not need to cast-on left handed, nor do you need to knit left handed to achieve this. You just cast-on like you always do and then you approach each stitch (only on first row) you knit from the right side (some call it the back loop) and each stitch you purl from the left side (some call it the front loop). So opposite to what you normally do. It will be a bit more difficult to knit the first row like this but well worth the extra effort. After the first row you knit and purl like you normally would do.

Cast-on a few stitches of scrap yarn and try it!
Apr 12, 2019 08:47:19   #
Thanks I’m going to try that!!
Apr 12, 2019 08:49:20   #
Thank you, I will definitely try this method.
I'm doing a test knit at the moment + a linen stitch baby blanket, cast on as usual (long tail) but the result was awful. After 3" - 4" I frogged and started again with another method....same result. Finally a German long tail made it ….better but I'm still not happy however now having knit 14" I'm not frogging.
Apr 12, 2019 08:51:36   #
NRoberts (a regular here)
Thanks for the information.
Apr 12, 2019 09:10:09   #
edithann (a regular here)
Will give it a try...thanks!
Apr 12, 2019 09:13:16   #
thank you for the tip, I will make sure to try this on my next project.
Apr 12, 2019 09:14:03   #
Will definitely try it. Thanks!
Apr 12, 2019 09:19:15   #
Thanks for the info, I really need to try this, I always want my cast on and bind off off on scarfs to match and I hate doing the crochet Cast on.
Apr 12, 2019 09:31:16   #
peanutpatty (a regular here)
I'm a lefty and this is how I figured out on my own how to do the long tail cast on. I didn't realize there was another way.
Apr 12, 2019 09:44:58   #
Please note— I am a left handed knitter. When I cast on my yarn is on the right hand and the needle is in the left hand. If your friend is a left handed knitter she will have to start knitting by turning the needle in her right hand around so that the needle points to the left. She will do the first row on the bumpy side of the cast on. If she wants the loop side to be the knit she will have to purl the first row. To alleviate this mix up of not knowing what to do I a.ternate my cast on starting finger . By that I mean I start my cast on stitch from the thumb which is the normal cast on then I start the next cast on stitch from the pointer finger.
When I do a normal cast on I knit the first row from the back loop. I cast on both ways depending on the pattern & item that I am making. Good luck, Sue
Apr 12, 2019 10:09:00   #
Cast on with crochet hook gives you same look, cast on -cast coff
Apr 12, 2019 10:16:38   #
Yarn Happy
I have heard that before and was going to try, but forgot, thanks for the reminder.
Apr 12, 2019 10:41:49   #
fancythatfancythis (a regular here)
Thanks for the hints!
Apr 12, 2019 11:05:21   #
Thanks, I’ll give it a whirl. I am really into twisted rubbing which is knit and Purl through back loop. Give a tighter look, IMO. I can see how this would do the same.
Apr 12, 2019 13:26:19   #
ChasingRainbows (a regular here)
tjb2 wrote:
Cast on with crochet hook gives you same look, cast on -cast coff

The crochet cast on is my favorite. It always makes a neat edge.
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