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Basic Long-Tail Cast-Ons

The Long-Tail Cast-On

The Long-Tail Cast-On
The Long-Tail Cast-On

The long-tail cast-on is a beginner cast-on.

It is fast and easy to do and is moderately stretchy and sturdy.

To prepare for  the long-tail cast-on, estimate how much tail you’ll need and make a slipknot that far into the working yarn.

Put the slipknot on your right-hand needle, stabilize the slipknot with your right index finger, and position the yarn in slingshot position.

Long-Tail Cast-On: Thumb Method

The Thumb Method is another way to create the Long-Tail Cast-On. I think it’s slower and more difficult than the standard way, but if you prefer this method, here’s how to do it:

Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On

Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On
Old Norwegian (Twisted German) Cast-On

The Old Norwegian Cast-On is a slightly complicated long-tail cast on that is very sturdy and stretchy and has a pretty, double-twisted edge.

The Old Norwegian Cast-On can be used for stockinette stitch as well as ribbing.

To use it for stockinette stitch as shown in the picture, just do the knit version. To use the Old Norwegian Cast-On for ribbing, see the Alternating Old Norwegian Cast-On.


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