How to Do a Long Tail Cast-On

by Maureen Uebelhoer

Creates an even, stretchy edge that works well with stockinette stitch or ribbing.


  • Yarn
  • Knitting needles
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    To do a long tail cast-on you should give yourself at least 12" of tail for evey 20 cast-on stitches. Becareful how tight you pull on the yarn after you make a stitch so you don't cast-on too tight.

    Step 2

    Grab both ends of the yarn in your hand and secure with your fingers. Then insert your thumb and forefinger between the strands of yarn and pull creating a upside down triangle with the yarn.

    Step 3

    Holding the needle in your right hand insert the needle into the center of the triangle.

    Step 4

    Bring the tip up through the loop on your thumb.

    Step 5

    Then down through the loop on your finger

    Step 6

    grabbing the yarn with the needle

    Step 7

    Next pull it through the loop on your thumb.

    Step 8

    Let the loop slide off and then bring your thumb back under the loose strand of yarn to tighten the stitch on the needle.

    Step 9

    The first cast-on stitch creates 2 stitches after that each cast on will create 1.

    Step 10

    Cast-on the required number of stitches making sure not to pull too tightly when casting on.