In this post, I’ll show you the long tail cast on. This is the thumb method for the long tail, which is great for beginners.
The long tail cast on is the best all-purpose cast on: it’s stretchy, but not too stretchy; it’s firm yet flexible; it lays flat and looks pretty. What’s not to love? When in doubt, use the longtail cast on!
So, you’ve got needles and a ball of yarn. Cool! Now you want to knit something. That’s where the cast on comes in.
Long Tail Cast On Video Tutorial
Casting on is a way to turn loose yarn into neat stitches that can be knit. It’s the first step in knitting. All you need is some yarn and needles.
So, what needles and yarn should you use?
I always recommend a chunky yarn and correspondingly thick needles for beginners because they’re much easier to grip.
Watch the video up top for a full step-by-step tutorial or follow along with the photo guide below. Ready to start? Let’s do this!
Long Tail Cast On Photo Guide
That’s all there is to the long tail cast on! If you’re a new knitter, watch the video up top a couple times to get the hang of the cast on. Then, use the photo guide as a refresher. If you’re having trouble making a slip knot, check out this tutorial on slip knots.
If you want to learn another method for the long tail cast on, check out the Long Tail Cast On (Traditional Method) (LINK). This is how I typically cast on as it’s a bit faster. Check it out and see which one you like better!
Are You New to Knitting?
I’ve made a detailed guide for new knitters! It covers the very basics: cast on, knit stitch and cast off. These three techniques are the backbone of knitting. Master them, and you’re officially a knitter. Check out the guide by clicking the image above!