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Thursday, February 14, 2008
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I'm sharing a link to a contest I read about over on Dianne's blog.

One of my favorite knitting tips that makes my knitting life easier is how to calculate how much yarn you'll need for a long-tail cast-on. How many times have you ended up with a tail that is much too long, or run out right towards the end? Here's an easy way to know how much yarn you need:
Let's say you need to cast on 100 sts. Cast on 10 sts then unravel your cast on and see how much yarn it took. Multiply that length by 10 (10 x 10 = 100) and that will show what length yarn you need. Add a few inches for weaving in (or a longer length for seaming, if necessary), and that's it!

(Obviously you need to multiply the 10-st-co length by whatever number it will take to give you the number of sts YOU need to cast on).

(If you decide to enter, please leave in the comments that I referred you. Thanks!)


posted by Jennifer Lori @ 3:52 p.m.  
  • At 4:40 p.m., Blogger Dianne said…

    Great tip! I always end up with a gigantic tail after casting on because I don't want to run out just as I'm at the end of the cast on.

    I'm almost done the alphabet blanket, and will hopefully take a picture of it after going camera-shopping this weekend. (Thanks for the camera tips). I haven't picked out the yarn for the Clapotis. Do you have any suggestions?

  • At 6:14 p.m., Blogger Dianne said…

    I can't find your email either! I am dwood333 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

  • At 7:35 p.m., Blogger Karine said…

    OMG that is a great tip! I usually go by the 3x the width of a project, has served me well so far but your's makes sense if I don't have a measuring tape lying around...

  • At 1:08 p.m., Blogger JayJay said…

    Like everyone else, I think that is an awesome tip! Usually it takes me about 2-3 tries to get it right.

  • At 7:43 a.m., Blogger Tara said…

    Good tip! My tail is always MUCH too long, because I absolutely hate running out and having to start over (also, have you noticed how the long tail cast on tends to untwist the plies in your yarn?).

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