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elkaro
« on: June 12, 2008 08:12:37 AM »

Does anyone have tips for keeping plied yarn from "unraveling/untwisting" when working with a very long tail to cast on several hundred stitches on circular needles?

Thanks! Smiley
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ThreeFish
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2008 04:43:11 AM »

In my experience, if you just completely let go of the yarn every few casted on stitches and let it return to its natural state, it turns out fine. I let go about every 10 stitches and it helps me not lose count, too!
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elkaro
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2008 06:55:50 AM »

I've come to the same solution Smiley The only trouble is that by the time I realize the yarn is beginning to unravel, I've already cast on at least a few stitches, and the tail is much too long to easily return to its natural state.  So maybe I just need to remember to let go of the yarn every few stitches from the very beginning.

This is really only a problem when casting on a very large number of stitches.  I was wondering if there were any tricks to it, like maybe winding the tail into a small loose ball and unwinding a bit at a time.  This would probably be really time consuming...
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soozeq
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2008 08:56:19 AM »

You just have to retwist it every few inches; some yarns are like this. It also won't show all that much once you're done.
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2008 11:50:21 AM »

Does anyone have tips for keeping plied yarn from "unraveling/untwisting" when working with a very long tail to cast on several hundred stitches on circular needles?

Thanks! Smiley

Which cast-on are you using? The 'long tail cast on' where you wrap the yarn around your thumb and forefinger?  if you wrap the yarn the opposite direction on your thumb (there's an article in SpinOff magazine a few issues back) it won't untwist.
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KnittinHoney
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2008 02:32:28 PM »

If I have a project with a huge amoung of stitches to be cast on, so that I might have a difficult time accurately estimating the amount of yarn I'll need, I'll do a cable or knitted cast on.  No twisting, either.
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elkaro
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2008 07:58:16 AM »

KnittinHoney: great advice! i'll try the knitted cast on next time. i use the long tail cast on exclusively, but the knitted cast on technique sounds like it should do the trick, since there's only one strand of yarn involved, that coming from the skein.
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