Knitting a Provisional Cast-on
A provisional cast-on is a cast-on that you take out later.
Why would you want that?
Well, if you want to be able to knit from both ends of a project, it's the perfect way.
The provisional cast-on preserves your stitches as "live stitches" - loops ready to be placed on a needle and knitted at any time.
Whenever your pattern calls for a provisional cast-on, this one will work great.
All you need is some scrap yarn that is close to the same weight as your project yarn, a crochet hook in the appropriate size (it should say on the ball of yarn what size crochet hook to use), and one of your knitting needles.
This is the easiest provisional cast-on I've found, for three reasons:
- It only uses one strand of yarn, as opposed to other techniques which require you to hold a piece of scrap yarn along with your working yarn and manipulate them both
- It uses a simple crochet chain to make the cast-on.
- It is very easy to UNDO, which is obviously important.
After I spent 30 minutes picking out my first provisional cast-on, I set out to find the easiest way to do it, and I never looked back.
Designers usually call for a provisional cast-on when they'd like you to be able to seamlessly merge the cast-on edge with the bound-off edge later using Kitchener stitch.
Alternatively, it's also a good way to knit out from the center of a project and make both halves of the project symmetrical.
If you liked this tutorial on the provisional cast-on, post in the comments!
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