Why is there sometimes a long strand of yarn in the middle when I first start knitting after casting on? And you know...it's like I have to pull that strand so the stitches are tight enough. (And no cast-on stitches fell off or anything, just in case you thought it was that ^_~) Thanks!
What kind of cast-on are you using? That can make a difference.
I'm just using the basic single (backwards loop) cast-on xD
Try the knitted cast on for a while. You can find out how to do it on the videos up top. Good luck!
Backward loop is what causes the long strand. It's really better suited when you need only a few stitches cast on. Knitted, cable or longtail are much better.
I'm trying to cast on 100 stitches (the pattern calls for that), what cast on is most suitable for hats? Thanks!
I use long-tail cast on for just about everything, but a knitted cast on is a bit looser, I think.
I'd avoid backward loop for your real first cast on. It's not pleasant to work with and doesn't look even when you're done.
Thanks! But with the long-tail cast on...how many cast-on stitches are we putting on in the process? Like each time I grasp with my hands...etc etc tighten it on the needle...how many stitches is that? Do I just consider it as individual stitches? Thanks!
With longtail, the first stitch that goes on the needle makes 2. Every stitch after that is counted as one. There's an excellent video on this cast on method here : http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on
The loops that end up on your needle are the ones you count, along with the one from your slip knot.