Three Ways to Do the Long-Tail Cast On

Three Ways to Do the Long-Tail Cast On

It is hard to tell why the long-tail cast on method is so popular. Is it because this cast on is relatively simple? Or, because the edge formed by the long-tail cast on is firm and moderately stretchy? Or, because this method is one of the few ways described in most vintage and modern knitting books?

We’ll never know the exact reason for the popularity of the long-tail cast on. But we can be certain that this is a great way to cast on stitches and that it works well for most knitting projects. In fact, one can happily make hundreds of cosy knits without knowing any other types of cast on.

Over the years, knitters developed at least three variations of this versatile way to get the initial set of stitches on the needles. Each variation creates the same edge but is performed in a slightly different way.

In this tutorial, we’ll take a look at these variations one by one.

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

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“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 -

Three Ways to Do the Long-Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day
Three Ways to Do the Long-Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day
Three Ways to Do the Long-Tail Cast On | 10 rows a day