Originally Posted by ecb
I take the length I need to start with
and triple it for the long tail cast on
works for me 90% or more of the time
I do something similar. I look at the final measurement in the pattern or schematic and cast on 3 times that amount. So if the item is 5 inches across, I pull out a tail of 15 inches plus 2 03 three, and if I'm short, I just knit or purl on the remaining needed stitches via the Lily Chin method--works like a charm.