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Old 11-25-2007, 11:49 PM   #1
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How come there is sometimes a long strand of yarn in the middle...
Why is there sometimes a long strand of yarn in the middle when I first start knitting after casting on? And you know...it's like I have to pull that strand so the stitches are tight enough. (And no cast-on stitches fell off or anything, just in case you thought it was that ^_~) Thanks!
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:53 PM   #2
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What kind of cast-on are you using? That can make a difference.
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I'm just using the basic single (backwards loop) cast-on xD
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Try the knitted cast on for a while. You can find out how to do it on the videos up top. Good luck!
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Backward loop is what causes the long strand. It's really better suited when you need only a few stitches cast on. Knitted, cable or longtail are much better.
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I'm trying to cast on 100 stitches (the pattern calls for that), what cast on is most suitable for hats? Thanks!
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I use long-tail cast on for just about everything, but a knitted cast on is a bit looser, I think.

I'd avoid backward loop for your real first cast on. It's not pleasant to work with and doesn't look even when you're done.
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Thanks! But with the long-tail cast on...how many cast-on stitches are we putting on in the process? Like each time I grasp with my hands...etc etc tighten it on the needle...how many stitches is that? Do I just consider it as individual stitches? Thanks!
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With longtail, the first stitch that goes on the needle makes 2. Every stitch after that is counted as one. There's an excellent video on this cast on method here : http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on
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The loops that end up on your needle are the ones you count, along with the one from your slip knot.
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