The Long-tailed cast on is really the most versatile. It adds a row of knit stitches on top of your "foundation chain." Also known as Double Cast-On or Continental Cast-On. Video
The "long tail" refers to this long piece of yarn you need before you start your cast on. This is the only "downfall" to using this cast-on: you have to judge how long the "starter chain/row" needs to be before you begin casting the loops on. Tip from About.com author states "wrap the yarn loosely around the needle once for each stitch needed. Then add on a few extra inches for good measure."
- Knitting every row creates the Garter Stitch pattern.
- This is where the yarn is in the back of the needle, and you go into the loop from front to back.
- The knit stitch is a flat half-V.
- Purling every row creates the Stockinette Stitch pattern.
- This is where the yarn is in the front of the needle, and you go into the loop from back to front.
|- The purl stitch is a raised loop.|
If you've been working in knit, knit one more row til all the stitches are on the left needle. Now, knit the first two stitches. Next, use the left needle to basically go through the first loop, and pull the 2nd one through it. Now knit the next stitch and do it again. Keep going. The effect you'll see is this action is pulling the stitch row across from the right to the left as each stitch binds off and carries the row across to the left, til you get to the end, and are done. For the last stitch, cut off the yarn and pull the tail through the last loop, then weave in the end.
Where to get Knitting Patterns
From the links down the left side of my blog here. Duh! Also check out Ravelry!