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How To: Long Tail Cast On

This stretchy, versatile cast on is easy to do but difficult to describe in writing.

Written instructions

Pull out approximately 12” of tail for every 20 stitches to be cast on. Assuming you are right-handed, hold your left hand, for lack of a better description, like a gun. (If you are left-handed it may be easier to reverse all right/left notations so your more dextrous hand is doing the bulk of the work.)

With palm down, drape the tail over your left thumb and the yarn that is attached to the ball over your index finger.

Now turn your palm up while keeping your hand positioned in that general manner. Use your other fingers to hold strands out of the way against your palm, keeping a loop around your thumb and index finger.

1. Holding a needle in your right hand, grab the yarn between the left thumb and index finger from underneath. This is the first stitch cast on.

2. Next, holding the needle above the yarn, grab the left-most strand around the thumb from the outside (left to right), then left-most strand around index finger from the outside (right to left).

3. Pull new stitch through the loop on your thumb and onto the needle snugly but not tightly.

Repeat 1-3 above to cast on required number of stitches.