long tail tubular cast on

LONG TAIL TUBULAR CAST ON

The long tail tubular cast on provides a really nice, stretchy cast on edge perfect for working a k1, p1 ribbing. Unlike other cast on methods that utilize provisionally cast on stitches, this technique does not require crochet chains or picking up stitches. Instead, the cast on is worked, and then two set-up rows are worked in order to establish the stretchy tubular beginning. 

This cast on is perfect for hats (as utilized on the Delia hat from the Andorra Collection), or the cuffs and hem of sweaters. It also mimics the k1, p1 tubular bind off, which is especially nice if you're looking for consistency!

When I was first learning and memorizing the cast on, it seemed totally counter-intuitive, but once I practiced a little bit, it became super easy and was easy to work!

 
Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On
Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On

Set-Up: Create a slip knot on your needle and hold the needle in your right hand and yarn in your left hand as you would if beginning a long tail cast on.
Note: this slip knot counts as 1 knit stitch.

Step 1 / CO for Purl:
Move the needle from back to front around the yarn on your index finger of your left hand. The yarn is now wrapped over the needle.

Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On
Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On

Move the needle from front to back around the yarn on your thumb of your left hand. Bring the needle back under the yarn on your index finger.

This will flip the yarn on your index finger around, and place the yarn on your thumb on the needle – 1 purl stitch cast on. 

Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast on
Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On

Step 2 / CO for Knit: 
Move the needle from front to back around the yarn on the thumb of your left hand. This yarn is now wrapped over the needle.

Move the needle from back to front around the yarn on your index finger of your left hand. Bring the needle back under the yarn on your thumb. This will flip the yarn on your thumb around, and place the yarn on your index finger of your left hand on the needle - 1 knit stitch cast on.

Kelbourne Woolens Tips and Tricks Long Tail Tubular Cast On
Delia by Kate Gagnon Osborn

Repeat Steps 1–2 until the desired number of stitches has been cast on. 

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