I’m a fan of the long-tail cast on method – it’s the workhorse of the knitting world and can be used for just about any project. However, I don’t love running out of yarn tail. I’ve tried so many different methods to get around this: wrapping the yarn around the needle, using approximately 1” for every stitch, making the yarn tail the length of my project times four. It goes on and on.
The bane of every knitter’s existence is running out of yarn tail before you have all your stiches on the needle. It’s especially fun when you’re casting on 500 plus stitches (ARG!).
Well, I’ve found a fool-proof trick that guarantees you will NEVER run out of yarn tail. Next time you cast on (especially with a lot of stitches), try this:
1. Use 2 balls of yarn.
a. If you are working on a 1 skein project: wind down a small ball of yarn from your 1 skein.
b. If you are working on a multiple skein project: take 2 skeins of yarn.
2. Place the tails of both skeins together and make a slip knot on the knitting needle.
3. Separate the two strands of yarn and cast on all stitches as usual. The beauty of this method is that it makes one skein of the yarn the working yarn and the other the tail.
4. The slip knot does not count as a working stitch. After you cast on all stitches, work the first row back to the slip knot. Drop the slip knot and turn your work.
See the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-fFWUqtQww
Bestor, Leslie Ann. Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods. North Adams: Storey Publishing 2012.