Knit Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

Learn how to do a long tail cast on with this tutorial!

  • Long tail cast-on step 11 Make a slip knot on the right needle, leaving a long tail. Wind the tail end around your left thumb, from the front to the back. Wrap the yarn from the ball over your left index finger and secure the ends in your palm.
  • Long tail cast-on step 22 Insert the needle upward into the loop on your thumb. With the needle, draw the yarn from the ball through the loop to form a stitch.
  • Long tail cast-on step 33 Take your thumb out of the loop and tighten the loop on the needle. Continue until all the stitches are cast on.


  • Emily R.

    How does long tale cast on differ in appearance and /or function from knitting between the two previous stitches?
    Emily age 85 … knitting since I was 9!


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