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Old 10-16-2007, 11:13 PM   #1
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tail of yarn
If I am making a hat with circular needles how much tail do i need to leave on my yarn?? I am going to be doing 90 stitch cast on. Help!!
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Old 10-16-2007, 11:47 PM   #2
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I usually try to measure out enough for only an inch or so. You really don't need much, it won't come undone.

eta: or did you mean how much to cast on with? Figure about 1/2 inch per st plus 6", or 3 times what the measurement will be. If it's about 20" around that's 60", the other method, 50". Somewhere in there...
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Old 10-17-2007, 12:47 AM   #3
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on knitty gritty she reccomended wrapping the yarn around the needle for the number of stitches you'd need, then you won't have an uber long tail...


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Old 10-17-2007, 05:57 AM   #4
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I found a neat...
Cast-on trick.

From a center pull ball, tie the pull end and free end together, and pull them down into a "V" for a long tail cast-on.

When you have the number of stitches you need, cut the free end!

You'll never have to little yarn!

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:09 AM   #5
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intrigued with your idea, karrying......so do you knot the two strands together at the beginning, then weave those ends in later? i really love long tail cast-on and i'm constantly irked by my waste of yarn (or my lack of foresight in truly measuring how much i'll need. ).
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:28 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Karrying Kolor View Post
Cast-on trick.

From a center pull ball, tie the pull end and free end together, and pull them down into a "V" for a long tail cast-on.

When you have the number of stitches you need, cut the free end!

You'll never have to little yarn!

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yes karrying, i'm intrigued too, but i don't quite understand. i always use the long tail cast on method, and i always wind up with too much yarn. i like the idea of wrapping it around the needle the number of times you need (why have i never thought of that???), but i'm curious as to exactly how this method you discovered works. wouldn't you end up with that knot in your work? or no?
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You can undo the knot and weave in the ends.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:37 AM   #8
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so...you have two extra ends to weave in, but no wasted yarn? is that correct?
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:03 AM   #9
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:19 AM   #10
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Yeah, the wrapping-around-the-needles trick works pretty well. I usually wrap 10 stitches, then use that length to measure out the rest of the tail-- so if you're casting on 90 stitches, wrap around the needles 10 times, then measure out 8 more lengths of that-- voila! 90 stitches worth.

I recently started a lengthwise scarf, and decided I didn't want to bother with the long-tail, so I did a crochet cast-on instead. It worked out really well-- no over or under estimating!
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