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Old 08-31-2007, 06:06 PM   #11
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If you are doing the long tail cast on and don't start with enough yarn tail, you will not have enough to make all the cast on stitches, since they are formed by the tail yarn, not from the skein or ball of yarn.

If you DO run short, you can always add a few with a knitted cast on.

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Old 08-31-2007, 07:42 PM   #12
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Hi Tracey,

It doesn't matter if you are not using the "long tail" cast-on. I figured this out by watching the "cast-on" videos here!

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Old 08-31-2007, 11:56 PM   #13
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Oh, I see. This is more relevant to patterns that have pieces that are going to be stitched together (like sweaters), and not so much for pieces that aren't (like scarves).


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Well even with a scarf, do you really want 2 feet of tail getting in the way while you knit the first row...?
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Basically it's so you're not wasting a lot of yarn for a long-tail cast-on. You can measure off what you need, have a bit to weave in later, and have the rest for your project. If you happen to be using a type of knitted cast-on, then this method doesn't apply. Different projects may use various cast on methods (some may need a firmer or a looser edge), so it helps to know some tricks for each.
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Dumb newbie never
re Dumb newbie question here: Why does this matter?

No question is ever dumb; if you don't know, you don't know. There ARE some dumb answers however.

It matters because even experienced knitters like me string out a length to do long tail cast on and run out of yarn ten stitches before the needed number. Then we swear a lot.
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