# Inches of yarn needed for cast on's

In casting on,long tail I keep either running out of yarn(tail),or have waaaaaaaay to much left over. :grrr: I do not have two balls (lol)and I can not do the inside,and outside method. What I’d really like to find out is there a way to measure correctly, to estimate closely so I don’t go out of my mind redoing this flippin cast on,and get on with knitting.[/COLOR]Many thanks as always…:knitting:

Here is my trick to keep from running out of yarn when I cast on. Lets say you have to cast on 50 stitches. I start out with what I think is enough, and make a slipknot either halfway or quarter way on the tail. If I get to the halfway knot and only have 20 stitches cast on, I know I don’t have enough. Un-do and start again with a slightly longer tail, but at least it will save you from getting to the end to find that out. Of course, the more projects you do, the better you will get at gauging the tail. It all depends on the weight of the yarn and how many stitches you need…

let me correct one thing… if you get to the half way knot and you have 30 stitches, then you don’t have enough. if you’re at 20 - you’re fine. Oops.

I wish I could explain clearly the very simplistic method I use, but maybe this will give you an insight. Crossed Fingers

I determine how much yarn it takes for 10 sts and use that measurement to calculate how much yarn I need to cast on my required number of sts, plus enough to weave in (or even seam).

I simply hold the length of yarn against something for length and count it off by 10s 'til I get to my number.

Let me know if this makes any sense. :??

Here’s an easier way to do it if you’re having trouble estimating the length.

Artlady has given a good description of it here -