I only recently discovered the Long-Tail Cast-On and I really enjoy this method of casting on. You can find a great teaching video and instructions here.
When I cast on for socks, I like to put all the stitches on one needle. I think that keeps the stitches more even.
Then, I divide the stitches over three double pointed needles. I find that using four double pointed needles to knit socks is rather cumbersome. I just adjust patterns to accommodate the three needles instead of the usual four.
What adjustments do you make in your knitting to make the process easier for you? Share here!
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I love the long tail cast on! And when using dpns, I also cast all stitches on one needle, and then divide them over 3 dpns as I work the first row. Yes, row, because I don’t join to work in the round until after working one row. It gives me more to look at, to make sure I don’t have a twist.
Do you ever run out of tail when casting on? I just wrote a post about using 2 tails so you can’t run out: http://pdxknitterati.com/2014/09/01/never-run-out-of-yarn-with-2-tailed-long-tail-cast-on/
That’s a great idea!
learning magic loop doubled my pleasure, doubled my fun. and, using old Norwegian long tail cast on for top down sox is much easier, stretchier for my top down sox.
I need to check out the old Norwegian long tail cast on! Thanks for the tip!
p.s. if I cast on many, many stitches, I use a second piece of yarn for my thumb yarn to work a long tail cast on. if I have only one skein, i’ll use the outside end. cast on with both strands, effectively tying them together. do not count this as a stitch. drop it when you come back to it. place markers every 20-25 stitches as you cast on. after casting on, drop the outside yarn and continue on with the inside yarn.
I will definitely try that method! Thanks! 🙂