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Old 05-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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Cast on Thumb method?
I downloaded a Sirdar (from the UK) pattern today and it says "using thumb method cast on 48". Does that mean long tail? Thanks in advance. The pattern is for a baby shrug.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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I downloaded a Sirdar (from the UK) pattern today and it says "using thumb method cast on 48". Does that mean long tail? Thanks in advance. The pattern is for a baby shrug.
I found the answer .... it's a slower version of the long tail.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:10 PM   #3
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Here's a video that shows you how to do it. It's listed after the long tail cast on.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:10 PM   #4
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Actually, it's only slow if you're not used to it. I've been doing it that way for 45 years and it's very fast, faster than the regular LT.
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Old 05-07-2011, 11:22 PM   #5
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Actually, it's only slow if you're not used to it. I've been doing it that way for 45 years and it's very fast, faster than the regular LT.
I may have to give it a try Suzeeq ... I wonder if it will give a nice consistent tension right from the get go. After doing alot of long tail cast ons, my hand can ache.
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I find a very even tension with it. I began doing it that way on my own when I failed to get the regular one right but noticed that if I 'knit' the needle and slipped the loop over it, it came out the same. I now know how to do a one handed LT, but I have to constantly readjust the yarn on both the thumb and finger yarns so it's very slow and uneven for me. Two handed LT is great!
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Old 05-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #7
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Long tail and thumb method cast on??
Arent they really the same cast on??? except using the right hand to put the yarn over??
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Old 05-14-2011, 12:43 PM   #8
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Yes they're basically the same, it's a 2 handed LT where you 'knit' the cast on sts to needle and slip the thumb loop off them.
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