Never Run Out Of Tail Casting On – The Infinite-Tail Method

If you have to cast on a lot of stitches, say, for a sweater or a long circular scarf, you might have trouble estimating the amount of tail you will need.

Instead of trying to estimate and then risking either running out of tail or wasting a bunch of yarn, you can just use both ends of your ball of yarn to do your cast-on.


Tips:
1) Don't use both ends of the same ball of yarn if you can possibly help it. Avoid tangles and use two balls of yarn.
2) If you do use both ends of the same yarn ball, when you are done casting on, make sure to cut the yarn that is coming from the outside of the ball.

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79 thoughts on “Never Run Out Of Tail Casting On – The Infinite-Tail Method”

  1. What a simple yet brilliant technique! So easy both to remember and to do, and so useful when casting on for circular sweaters.

  2. gloria yarbrough

    Hi, i ‘ve been using this method for a while. i was knitting blankets for my grands a couple of years ago. i just happen to come across this site. but what i didn’t see was the part about geting rid of the double yarn and not counting it as a stitch. i thank you Liat, i always learn something from you , You are the best!!! Love , Your Student, Gloria.

  3. gloria yarbrough

    Oh, i forgot to tell you. i can’t use the same ball, i always mess up. the yarn gets tangle so i just use another ball. thanks. Gloria.

  4. What do you do with the second tail when the cast on is complete? Just cut it, leaving 2 tails at the starting end and one tail at the other end?
    Cool trick, wish I’d had this one 2 days ago…

    1. Hi Robin,

      Good question! Yes, just cut one of the tails, leaving 6 inches for weaving in. Then, when you’re done with your project, weave it in with the rest of your tails.

  5. Same question as Robin. What do I do with the other yarn end? I followed along last night, thought it was ingenious, then was instantly confused with the 2 working yarns. *NewKnitterProblems. Thanks.

    1. Hey Rikki, just cut one of the yarns and leave a 6-inch tail. Continue knitting with the other one. Then, when you’re done with you’re project, weave in that tail with the rest of your ends.

  6. This was new to me and so appreciated. Also, yesterday I received an email saying my year was up and I would no longer be receiving your WONDERFUL newsletters. Then in this email I see where a person can sign up for it. Do I need to re-subscribe? I get so much from each of your newsletters and look forward to them so please say it isn’t true! Pat

    1. Hi Pat,

      You are so sweet! I will continue posting helpful blog posts and emailing them to you, but I don’t have any more newsletter emails written… I’ve just been so busy! I had to stop after writing 52 of them.

      If you sign up again you’ll just get the same set over from the beginning, so I don’t know if you want to do that. I’m so happy you love the newsletter tips- it just makes me so glad to know that. But don’t worry, I’ll still be creating new blog posts and free videos and sending them to you in your email. :D

      {{{hugs!!}}}

  7. Carol Diedrichsen

    (I wonder how much time I would’ve saved in my life over the 55 years I’ve been knitting had a used this simple trick! Thanks so much!)

  8. Once again, you have come through with a brilliant tip. I always look forward to your email videos. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thank you …I use the long tail all the time and have been re-doing it over and over to get it right. I’m a new knitter.

  10. Once again you’ve busted out of the box, and given us a completely brilliant idea! I’ll be using this on my next project, for sure! Thanks a million, you are the best knitting teacher on the Internet, IMH).

  11. Susan Benesch

    Thank you very much for all that you share. Appreciate all of your hints & I have knit since I was little. :)

  12. Thank you Liat,
    I just love it and it will save me so much time because, most of the time,
    the yarn is not enough to finish the cast on.

  13. Totally makes so much sense once you see it! Why oh why didnt I know this sooner?
    Liat I always look forward to ANY info you send out! Makes knitting life so much more fun!
    Thank You for all your time and energy you put into keeping us knitters (new & old) up to date…

  14. Could you possibly use this to cast on stretchy stitches in the middle of a project. I was thinking about a sweater that I am making that has a cap sleeve and round neck. it will require some give so it will lay properly.

    I also would use it when I am making socks with after thought heels and toes so that there would be give there.

    Just a thought

  15. Thank you so for the reminder. I had seen this awhile back and had forgotten all about it. Sooooo much better. I save all your hints. All your videos and examples are so easy to see and follow. Bless you.

  16. I continue to learn soooo much from you ! You are so gracious to share so much knowledge on Youtube. I am grateful you are part of my ’email life’ !
    Many, many thanks…..

  17. Thank you! I never can figure out how much yarn I need to pull out for my projects and now I don’t have to!

  18. Liat,
    I just love watching your videos, Iv’e learned so much! My Mother taught me to knit when I was just 7 or 8 and the long tail was one of the first things I had to master. One thing I would like to know after watching this video several times is how did you wrap your yarn to “pull” from both the inside and the outside? I know how to “pull” from the inside but how can you “pull” from the outside at the same time? I would be “unwinding” from the outside and get tangles!
    Thanks for all you do!!
    Pam

  19. So easy! I may tempted to try the long tail cast on now. Thanks for making things easier and less frustrating for us.

  20. That is the coolest tip ever! As a new knitter (since July 2012) I struggle to estimate the length of yarn to use for casting on. Either too much or too little. I’m happy because I’ve learned something new to help me with knitting (which I LOVE!) Thank you.

  21. Nice post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful information specifically the last part :) I care for such information much. I was seeking this certain info for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  22. I love your blogs and have saved all your tips. If bulk is not a concern, can’t both the “tails” be woven in to the finished piece individually?

  23. Nancy Burmeister

    It’s Friday, I want to buy your ebook on sale, but I keep getting the full price when I try to check out. What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Nancy,

      Sorry you had trouble getting the discount! You needed to enter the coupon code you got in your email. If you’re saying you entered the code but it didn’t work, I did discover some issues with entering the coupon code on the homepage, and I’m really sorry about that. I’ll email you to make sure you get the 30% discount. Cheers!

  24. I’ve recently heard about this method from a couple of different sources, but couldn’t visualize it until I saw your clear video. Your video tutorials really are the best.

  25. so glad I found you. I will use this cast on can’t wait. Planning on making a blanket for Gr nephew this will be a welcomed cast on :)

  26. Liat, thanks so much for this tip. I either run out of tail or have way too much left over. This will help me so much!

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    Wow, you are the best teacher of knitting! I love your videos and I can’t wait to purchase your book.
    You are our knitting Angel, thank you, thank you!

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