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Old 11-23-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Provisional cast on
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When doing a provisional cast on, do I actually knit into the waste yarn stitches? And when I get done, what then? I want to make an infinity scarf but am confused by this process. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:50 AM   #2
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Yes, you will knit into the provisional cast on stitches. This video shows one way of doing a provisional cast on and then she knits into it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPSZVlI05-4t At the end of your scarf you will then be able to join the live stitches on your needle with the stitches held in the provisional cast on, maybe with a 3 needle bind off. I'd say don't be too concerned about what to do at the end just yet, you can ask when you get there. If possible, a link to your pattern would be helpful. More provisional cast ons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSwG...eature=related
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:51 AM   #3
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Yes, you knit into the waste yarn stitches. After you bind off the one end you unzip the other end and put your needles on the stitches. What I do is slip my needle in a stitch, unzip that one, slip my needle in and unzip that one...I feel more comfortable doing it that way. Then I knit or bind off normally. No 3 needle bind off.

This is the one I do.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...rochet-cast-on
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Old 11-23-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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Jan, I'm sure you are correct, I thought the 3 needle bind off would join the ends of the scarf, that's all. Maybe I have infinity scarf confused with something else.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
Jan, I'm sure you are correct, I thought the 3 needle bind off would join the ends of the scarf, that's all. Maybe I have infinity scarf confused with something else.
Ack...I just realized she said infinity scarf. You're right, GG, but see my comment below.

So waffle are you following a pattern? I'm assuming its a big long loop. In this case you can do a 3 needle bind off by not binding off the other end and putting the provisional stitches on on a needle to 3 needle bi d off. However I would probably try to use Kitchener stitch if possible. Then you do t have the ridge created by 3 needle bind off and it does look like an infinite loop.
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Old 11-23-2012, 02:24 AM   #6
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lol Jan, I thought I'd eaten so much turkey I was reading it wrong. Doesn't matter, as long as the OP gets the help needed, right? Your Kitchener stitch idea is the right way to go; I wonder what the pattern will say. I'll have to remember that when I actually get around to doing an infinity scarf myself.
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Originally Posted by GrumpyGramma View Post
lol Jan, I thought I'd eaten so much turkey I was reading it wrong. Doesn't matter, as long as the OP gets the help needed, right? Your Kitchener stitch idea is the right way to go; I wonder what the pattern will say. I'll have to remember that when I actually get around to doing an infinity scarf myself.
I'd probably knit it in the round myself if possible. I avoid seams like the plague. when I'm done I just want to be done!
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
I'd probably knit it in the round myself if possible. I avoid seams like the plague. when I'm done I just want to be done!

Even better!
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I am not following any pattern per se, I am just using a cool slubby yarn and knitting every row. I am a newer knitter and really just want to try new things....trying to improve different skills. I know about the kitchener stitch but have never done that either. So what I am understanding is that it will be better to do the kitchener stitch instead of a 3 needle bind off to have a seamless edge?
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And if I do use a kitchener stitch, was it even necessary to do a provisional cast on?
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