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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! Extra yarn between my needles on: September 29, 2010 08:59:10 AM
Oh wow, I wasn't aware there were other ways to cast on! It seems so very obvious now that I think about it; I mean, there are multiple ways to bind off, so why not to cast on too? It looks like I was indeed doing the backward loop.

Thanks to both of you--I'm pretty sure this is the culprit. I'll try a new method today and see how it goes.  Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Owl cable hat - adult size? on: September 28, 2010 07:47:39 PM
Oh wow, I love that!! Cheesy I know my next project!

This kind Grin person did the hard work for you. http://www.knitculture.com/wise-old-owl-hats/

^ YES. This is so helpful and wonderful and makes life so much easier. I'm bowing down to you--and the author of that pattern!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Help! Extra yarn between my needles on: September 28, 2010 07:37:20 PM
Hi all! I learned to knit about 15 years ago and have used my skills on and off ever since.  However, years sometimes pass between when I pick up my needles, so I typically consider myself closer to beginner.  I'm currently working on my third cowl (the "life is uneven" cowl, here) which uses super chunky yarn & jumbo needles (size 17).

My problem comes in the very beginning.  While working my first row, I find that the yarn between the two needles (is there a name for that?) grows. It gets to where I could easily cast on 10-15 new stitches if I wanted; by the end of the row, I have a 2+ ft. long tail! [Side note: it's not going straight to the tail, per se. Really, at the end of the first row, I have this long yarn between the first two stitches, so I've been casting on one extra stitch, knitting that, and dropping the original CO stitch, so that the extra length is "absorbed" into the tail. I then secure the tail onto that new end stitch and all is well.]

I can't figure out where this extra length is coming from. I'm not dropping any stitches. I keep my yarn pretty evenly taught. This yarn has a tendency to twist back on itself if left slack; I don't know if that helps identify the situation.

Can anybody offer any suggestions? I know that a really long tail isn't the world's worst problem, but it does waste a lot of otherwise nice yarn! I hope this wasn't too complicated of a question/situation; I can post a picture and/or video if need be to clarify!

Edit: This only happens during that first row, not any others. Am I casting on dumbly or something?
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