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?