I have always used the knitted cast on, which has caused no problems when knitting in the round. However, I think it may be causing me problems when knitting flat. The ends of my scarves have always been flared/the cast on end of the scarf is longer than the bound off end. Is it because of my using the knitted cast on? (Same number of stitches.) Do I need to learn the long tail or another cast on? Until now, I had always made scarves for myself and I didn't care if it was a little wider on one end. Now, I am going to make some for gifts and I want it to look right on both ends!