Knitting Help – Long Tail Cast-On

Instruction for working the long-tail cast on in knitting. To learn how to estimate how long to leave your tail for this cast-on (especially if you’re castin…

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  • utopianonawa says:

    For me this was a lot easier if i didnt pull on both strands. Every time id
    pull the right strand my loop would end up stuck facing the wrong direction
    like it had been twisted but it was stuck that way, i couldnt fix it
    without undoing it. I finally realized it was from pulling the right
    strand. What worked for me instead was just pulling the left while
    continuing to hold the right strand in my hand with the needle. Idk maybe
    im the only one that had this problem. 

  • Sonia Guzman says:

    I love the way you did that!

  • KK Fung says:

    I am not a knitter, but I love the way the video series is produced: A
    clean and tasteful backdrop with slow close-up white-background

  • Elizabeth Puckett says:

    Love you love you love you…..I have tried forev to get this down. One
    min -with you – Nailed it. You are the best! I feel so Great! Thank you
    for that. 

  • Darla Gay says:

    Staci, God love ya’ – I’ve been struggling with knitting techniques for
    several years. I haven’t been able to find any knitting instructors in my
    area and found your wonderful, instructional videos here on You Tube. Your
    precise and helpful videos have made all the difference for me. I am now
    plowing through my yarn stash and making all those things I’ve wanted to
    make and couldn’t figure out how. I’m starting on the Entrelac Scarf and
    decided to back-up to this video to see your way of casting on. Smart,
    simple, easy to do. Thank you and keep up the wonderful work! Your
    dedication really shows.

  • knitting crochetgirl says:

    Where do you get your needles from?

  • Allie says:

    I would live to drool on you’re yarn but i drive a semi truck, and I live
    in Michigan. We recently became friends on face book so I will get pics or
    bid to you asap.

  • Annie Young says:

    I did this method for 320 sts on circular needles for a scarf and when I
    began the pattern, it was horribly tight on the cable making it very
    difficult to knit so I ended up ripping it all out. What is the benefit to
    doing this method as opposed to standard cast on? 

  • kimmierroo says:

    Hi, I did the long tail cast-on for a herringbone stitch scarf. But the
    first two rows are very loose. Is there a way to fix this without having to
    start over? Thanks.

  • Allie says:

    Hello, I am a HUGE fan of your videos. If I hadn’t have found you, I would
    have given up on knitting all together. My concern is that I have tried
    your long tail cast on time and time again and when I finish the next row I
    have extra yarn! (not from the tail but from my work) I have tried to
    adjust my tension, but it doesn’t seem to work…. I am desperate to find
    other ways to cast on. Im getting unraveled!

  • VeryPink Knits says:

    @TheBusterFamily Yes, there is sort of a rough formula you can use.
    Starting at the end of your yarn and leaving yourself about a 6-inch tail,
    wrap the yarn around the needle the same number of times you need for a
    cast-on number. Then make your slip knot when you’re finished, and you’ll
    have enough yarn. If your cast-on number is large, just wrap the needle
    half the number of times, then double the length of yarn. 🙂

  • VeryPink Knits says:

    @pottery59 The long-tail cast-on is a good, sturdy cast on suitable for
    most projects. I think most people would consider this a traditional way of
    casting on. The other cast-on that is suitable for most projects is the
    knitted cast-on. It’s good, but it’s slower than this method.

  • PamperedChefLindsey says:

    When a pattern instructs to cast-on 20 stitches, does the slipknot count as
    stitch #1?

  • kseidtx says:

    I have the same question as kimadawest… “Question: Is there any way to
    estimate how long the tail should be, maybe based on the stitch count or
    fabric width or – whatever? I think that may be why I got away from using
    this method all those years ago.”

  • VeryPink Knits says:

    Thank you for the note, Deborah. 🙂 It’s really just a personal preference.
    I prefer the non-slingshot long-tail cast-on (as demonstrated in this
    video) because I feel like I have more control of the tension. They both
    create the exact same CO, so it’s really up to you and the one you prefer

  • SarahElaine93 says:

    Does the sling shot method count as your first row of stitches?

  • thewoolcraftshed blogspot says:


  • HTsuna27X says:

    I know a faster cast on, its also a kind of long tail cast on, do u know
    how to? I don’t think you will get this, but please do XD

  • VeryPink Knits says:

    Yes – the slip knot creates your first stitch, and should be counted in the

  • Jellyfruits says:


  • Deborah Waltenburg says:

    Sooooooooo, which method is better, this or the slingshot? I have always
    had issues with the cast on row being too tight, so much so that I often
    use a size larger to do the cast on, then switch to the right size for the
    pattern, in order to not have a tight/warped edge (on scarves, etc.). PS:
    LOVE your videos…you have an excellent teaching style!!!

  • Patricia Reynolds says:

    I just found you and love all the videos. Is the long-tail cast on
    considered the first row of knitting? What about the knitted cast on?

  • VeryPink Knits says:

    @lilspikeychic Thank you for taking the time to write such a nice comment!
    I’m glad the videos are helping!

  • lilspikeychic says:

    I just want to say thank you…. I taught myself to knit and I’ve had a
    pretty easy time learning many different stitches but this long tail cast
    on has given me so much trouble. I know it is easy but dang it just
    couldn’t get it. I have many many books telling me how too. I found
    verypinkknits and love you and all your video’s. I have a new love of
    knitting and I even purchased a crochet pattern from you. I can now teach
    my girls to knit. they love watching you.

  • pottery59 says:

    What is the advantage of long-tail cast-on as opposed to the traditional
    way of casting on? Does it gain us anything? Also, thank you for your clear
    and concise videos. I don’t even mind the short commercials in the
    beginning because they are so helpful. 😉

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