Why Your Cast-On Is Too Tight… And How To Fix It
If your cast-on is too tight, you are probably pulling the wrong yarn.
When you are doing a long-tail cast-on and you snug up the stitches as you cast on, tug with your thumb, not your index finger.
Why? This will tighten the knot and not the stitch itself.
If you’ve cast on with good tension, you’ll be able to slide the stitches around on the needle, but they should not be so loose that they slide by themselves.
Also, make sure that you are using the fingers of your right hand to stabilize the new stitches as you cast them on. I show you why in the video below:
One trick you can use if you find yourself continually casting on too tight is to cast onto both your needles at once.
Then, remove one needle and you will see that your stitches are bigger, but still nice and even:
You can also experiment with casting on using a needle that is a few sizes bigger than what your pattern calls for.
If you tend to cast on too loose, try using a needle a few sizes smaller than what your pattern calls for.
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