Newbie here. Where does string on end go?

I feel very embarassed to ask becuase it is probably an easy answer. I have no idea what to do with the string hanging down after casting on? I am learning to knitt on this site and am very excited. I have the casting on part down and am about to move on to the next but before I do I want to make sure the string is still suppose to be there. :aww:

Thank you :hug:

Michelle

We all had to learn sometime so no worries! Just leave the tail hanging and you can weave it in when you’re done. You don’t need it longer than about 8 inches so if it’s longer you can cut it off. :thumbsup:

Welcome to KH!

Oh no. It is only 3 inches. Should I start over again? Thank you very much for your help :slight_smile:

A three inch tail is a little short to weave in and you wouldn’t want it to come loose. But, if you’re just practicing it doesn’t make any difference. If you’re making a scarf that will have fringe it won’t make any difference either.

Actually 3 inches is about right. You should be able to weave that in for about 3 or 4 sts or more. But Jan’s right, don’t worry about it too much for practice pieces.

Oh thank you. You both are very helpful! I am soo happy to have found this site. I really want to be able to do this. What kind of yarn do you all prefer? I have 100% wool but my mother (who is very far away) said yarn with acrylic is better. Is there a difference?

Wool isn’t machine washable unless you get superwash, so it needs to be hand washed. Many people don’t like acrylic, but that’s all others use. There is a lot of very soft acrylic yarn now, even softer than pure wool, though merino wool is also soft.

Well, Sue is right in that 3 inches is all that you use, but it’s much easier to work with a longer tail to start and then cut it if you are using a needle like I do. To weave in a 3 inch tail you can use a crochet hook if it’s easier.

As for yarn… it’s all personal preference and depends on the project to a certain extent. I don’t like to handwash so I rarely use 100% wool unless it’s superwash. If you want to felt something you want wool or animal fiber that is NOT superwash though. Baby and child clothing is best worked with a soft washable yarn so I use a lot of acrylic or acrylic blends for that.