I'm Alison with team OML, and the maker behind La Reserve Design. I'm pretty excited to tell you that I'll be taking over Tuesdays, maker style with our Tip Tuesday posts! Each week I'll be sharing tips, tricks and maker's secrets on everything from photography, knitting, and snacking (heehee) just to name a few. I will also be featuring some of my favorite makers' and their own tips, right here on the blog!
We're kicking off this week's tip with something I use for all of my knitting projects: the long tail cast-on method.
(Need a refresher on what this is? Check out this video from We Are Knitters) The long tail cast-on is a quick and easy way to start any project and leaves your work with a straight, clean edge. The only troublesome part about this technique is how to determine how long to leave your tail.
I've seen countless tricks on how to measure your tail to maximize your yarn consumption, but here are my two favorite methods:
1. I use this method when I am working with precious, fancy yarn that I just can't bear to waste even one inch of. It takes a little more time initially, but you are guaranteed to have a perfect tail for the amount of stitches you need to cast-on for your project.
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Alison, OML dream team
Alison is the knitter behind @la.reserve.design She has always loved making things with her own two hands and the idea of turning strands of yarn into warm, wearable garments gets her itching to pick up her needles. With a background in textile design she currently works as a design assistant for a menswear company in Montreal, Canada. Her favorite thing to knit is warm chunky blankets made of cozy, thick wool.