Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
Casting On
Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Long tall when casting
I'm a moderate level knitter, I would guess, but one thing has always plagued me, and Ive never had anyone to ask!!! After I cast on, and I start my first line, my "tail" always grows. I don't know if this is normal, of if I,ve always done something backwards.. I feel I'm doing something wrong, because it is really tricky to get through that first line if my work is really long because the tail grows in between the needles, so by the time I,m only half way through, I'm pulling 10 inches of yarn to tighten each stitch!

If it helps, I cast on by making my slipknot, then looping the yarn on my finger with a twist, and slipping it on the needle. (loop, twist, slip, if that makes any verbal sence)
Could anyone put my wonder to rest and let me know if this is normal, or if there is a way to do the first line with out this problem?

Umwalid is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 09-02-2010, 07:38 PM   #2
Knit On!
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Montana
Posts: 27,765
Thanks: 160
Thanked 6,457 Times in 6,038 Posts
Send a message via Yahoo to suzeeq
You're doing the backward loop cast on and the yarn stretching out between sts is normal for it. And it's hard to knit into. It's not a great one for beginning a project, only for when you need to add a few later on. So try the knit or cable cast on, they have a much more stable edge, and the Long tail is very good for most things once you get it.
sue- knitting heretic

suzeeq is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
Working the Gusset
hyperactive's Avatar
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Germany
Posts: 1,097
Thanks: 104
Thanked 238 Times in 220 Posts
yes, that is just a matter of the cast on method.
Check out the video section on the page here and try a few others. Just follow the long tail video, for example. It is really not hard!

then you may still have a few millimeters of slack (which is normal to a stretch cast on) but nothing anywhere near what you have now.
Continental Knitter with passion, pretty busy and always onto something new.

I have been away from the forum for a bit, but I am still around!
hyperactive is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
after long tail casting on, what do I do? nerdygirl How-to Questions 2 03-31-2010 10:56 AM
Big & Tall Men's Sweater Patterns? Spokaloo Pattern Central 1 02-18-2009 10:12 PM
Tall girls I need help vaknitter The Lounge 14 08-23-2007 07:48 PM
Tall Man's Sweater Vest kajomo Pattern Central 1 06-29-2007 10:56 AM
very tall stocking Mienna What'cha Knittin'? 16 06-05-2006 10:14 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:57 PM.