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Tutorial : Long-tail cast on Friday, 6th November 2009

Filed under: Tutorial — Brijit @ 2:18 pm
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This is my favourite cast-on, it’s flexible and discreet, but strong enough to hold the shape of the piece you’re knitting. It does, however, allow the fabric to roll a bit, so I guess if that annoys you, it might not be the one for you!

Also definitely the fastest once you’ve got the knack of it, it looks a lot harder than it is!

Start with a good old slip knot

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Pull the tail-end of the yarn towards you, over your thumb, with the ball-end of the yarn over your forefinger, and your remaining fingers gently holding the wool below…

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Pull your thumb back, towards the end of the needle. A loop will begin to form around your thumb…

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Put the tip of the needle into the loop that has formed around your thumb, pointing in the same direction as your thumb…

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Move your left hand back towards your right hand, along the length of the needle. Pull the wool around your forefinger across (from left-to-right, or anti-clockwise) around the needle…

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Keep going…

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Pull your thumb back over the tip of the needle, outside the loop you have made with the other end of the yarn…

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Pull gently on the yarn with your left hand…

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Tug gently…

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And repeat!

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