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Old 06-15-2005, 03:31 AM   #11
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ingrid, could you explain the two-ball method a little more. i have no trouble with the cast-on that amy demontrates in the video except that after i watched it again, i realized that i was making the initial cast upside down. i just do not follow how you do this with two balls of yarn.
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Old 06-15-2005, 08:53 AM   #12
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I just tie the two balls together, with one strand coming from the "main" ball and one coming from the "tail" ball. With long-tail co, you're working with two strands. Usually one is attached to the ball and one is the tail you pulled out. Sometimes this isn't long enough, or is too long. With the "tail" being a ball of yarn, you can't run out and you won't waste. Just cut off that ball when you're done. I hope this is clear.
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Old 06-15-2005, 09:28 AM   #13
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Ingrid, that is absolutely brilliant. I didn't get it either until you explained that you tie the two yarns together. This is so much simpler than trying to figure out how much yarn you need to accommodate the stitches. That should be part of the cast on instruction.

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Originally Posted by optomh
ingrid, could you explain the two-ball method a little more. i have no trouble with the cast-on that amy demontrates in the video except that after i watched it again, i realized that i was making the initial cast upside down. i just do not follow how you do this with two balls of yarn.
I'm imagining holding the two strands together, making a slip knot out of them both held together and just putting it on the needle. Then seperating them for the long tail cast on. Would that work?
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Of course that would work, in fact it's an excellent idea!
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Originally Posted by feministmama
Originally Posted by optomh
ingrid, could you explain the two-ball method a little more. i have no trouble with the cast-on that amy demontrates in the video except that after i watched it again, i realized that i was making the initial cast upside down. i just do not follow how you do this with two balls of yarn.
I'm imagining holding the two strands together, making a slip knot out of them both held together and just putting it on the needle. Then seperating them for the long tail cast on. Would that work?
As I said in an earlier post, I said it is a good idea. I just tried it for a scarf I'm making and it is a GREAT idea!!!
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