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There are so many ways to cast on in knitting. The long tail cast on is my go~to cast on. I really love it. I have written out the instructions, included process photos, and even a video.
Here is a video to show the long tail cast on.
Written instructions with photos
First you need to create your long tail. This cast on is made by casting on with both the tail end of the yarn and the working end (that end attached to the ball) of the yarn. To determine how long your tail needs to be, measure off about 1 inch per stitch. If your yarn is larger than worsted weight, or you are using an oversized needle, you will need to measure out more. Better to err on the side of too long a tail.
Make a slip knot in the yarn so that the long tail is on one end, and the working end is at the other. Put the slip knot on your needle. Place the needle in between the thumb and index finger of your left hand. Drape the tail end over your thumb, and the working end over your index finger. Hold onto both ends with your remaining fingers.
Insert the needle under the yarn coming out from beneath your thumb, then grab a loop from your index finger by placing the needle on top of the yarn coming off the top of your index finger, and pull the loop through the loop on your thumb (look at the photos). This will create a stitch. Continue this step until you have all your stitches cast on.
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