Since so many of our customers are web customers, we thought it would be a good idea to create a tutorial once a week (or so, permitting) to share the many tips and tricks we've discovered. This week we're going to show you our own unique method for Provisionally Casting On.
A Provisional Cast On is used when the cast on edge will later be picked up or worked again, such as in the Ruffled & Ruched Scarf. As I was just about to start such a scarf (for a friend), Sandy Kay and I took the opportunity to shoot this tutorial.
When working a Provisional Cast On, always use a smooth and even waste yarn. Sandy Kay prefers a cotton yarns, I prefer superwash wool. The yarn shown is Cascade 220 Superwash. The main (or "working") yarn is Shibui Baby Alpaca DK. The tutorial is embedded as a slideshow below. If you would like to see each individual image, check out our Provisional Cast On set on Flickr.
Note: our method is a variation of the traditional Long-Tail, or left-handed, Cast On.
- Using both yarns held together, make a slip knot.
- Place the slip knot on the right knitting needle.
- Using thumb and forefinger, tighten slip knot.
- Place working yarn over forefinger and waste yarn over thumb.
- Using the waste yarn as the "tail", twist waste yarn with thumb and place over the right needle. Continue to hold the loop in place with thumb.
- Using the right needle, catch the working yarn and pull it through the waste yarn loop.
- Using thumb, pull waste yarn loop up and over working yarn.
- Drop waste yarn from the right needle.
- Tighten the stitch using thumb to snug the waste yarn up against the needle.
- Repeat from Step 5, casting on as many sts as pattern calls for. DO NOT count the waste yarn slip st from Step 1 as a stitch.
- Note: when working the first row DO NOT knit the waste yarn slip knot on the first st, simply pull it off the needle at the end of the row.
- Picking up a Provisional Cast On (that's going to be really important for the next step in the scarf!)
- Sewing handknits with a sewing machine (for Skif sweaters, etc)
- Sewing handknits by hand - i.e. for the Thursday vest.
- Joining new yarn the quick and easy way
- A whole new jogless stripe method
- Casting On in the round seamlessly
- Stuffing a hand-knit toy without lumps