Three Ways to Make Sure You Don’t Run Out of Yarn Tail When Using Long-Tail Cast On

Three Ways to Estimate the Length of Yarn Tail in Long-Tail Cast On

Estimating the length of a yarn tail is a small issue that can cause a lot of frustration when we use the long-tail cast on method. The yarn tail is often either too short or too long and the worst thing is that we see it only after we cast on a hundred stitches or so…

If the yarn tail turns out to be too long, we can always use it to seam knitted pieces together or, at worst, cut it and discard the yarn. It is not such a big deal unless we are working with a limited amount of expensive yarn and plan to use every bit of it.

Things get much more unpleasant when the yarn tail is too short. As a rule, we’ll have to unravel all stitches, leave a longer tail and start all over again.

After one of these unhappy incidents a few years ago, I was determined to find a reliable way to estimate the length of the yarn tail to make sure I never run out of yarn again.

I found a number of ways – some better than others. I tested all of them and now I’m happy to share with you three ways that are quite accurate and do not require making complicated calculations.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #4. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (351 pages!) with this and 47 other tutorials included in the collection.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

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“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

Three Ways to Know How Much Yarn to Leave for a Long Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day
Three Ways to Know How Much Yarn to Leave for a Long Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day
Three Ways to Know How Much Yarn to Leave for a Long Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day