Pro­vi­sional Cast-On

Creative Knitting - - KNITTING SCHOOL -

The pro­vi­sional cast-on has a va­ri­ety of uses. It starts with a cro­chet chain on a cro­chet hook about the same size as the knit­ting nee­dle. A chart is given be­low of cro­chet hooks that cor­re­spond most closely to knit­ting nee­dle sizes. Cro­chet Hook E F G H I J K Knit­ting Nee­dle 4 5 6 8 9 10 101/2

To work this type of cast-on, start with a cro­chet chain one or two stitches more than the num­ber of stitches to be cast on for the pat­tern you are work­ing. Since the edge is re­moved to work in the op­po­site di­rec­tion the chain should be made with a con­trast­ing color.

Once the chain is com­pleted, with a knit­ting nee­dle, pick up and knit in the back bar of each chain un­til the re­quired num­ber of stitches is on the nee­dle. Con­tinue to work the pat­tern as given in the in­struc­tions.

In­struc­tions then in­di­cate that the pro­vi­sional cas­ton be re­moved so the piece can be worked in the op­po­site di­rec­tion. In this case, hold the work with the cast-on edge at the top. Undo one loop of the cro­chet chain, in­sert­ing the knit­ting nee­dle into the stitch be­low the chain. (This stitch is on the orig­i­nal first row of knit­ting.) Con­tinue to undo the cro­chet chain un­til all the stitches are on the nee­dle. This pro­vides a row of stitches ready to work in the op­po­site di­rec­tion.

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