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Old 05-30-2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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if you do it the way it's shown in the tutorial here, or the first method in the knitter's handbook, how do you keep the stitches from twisting around the needle and falling off before you get the number you need?

I was trying to teach a friend how to knit a sock this weekend, and once I switched to crochet I pretty much lost her.

& what's the frogging smiley doing with its needles while it's ripping?

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Old 05-30-2007, 08:36 AM   #2
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Hi,
I haven't been able to master the one (provisional casting) shown here and I am not familiar with the one from knitter's handbook. I tend to use the technique shown on the Knitting at Knoon web site: (http://www.knittingatknoon.com/provisional.html). I know for some it might seem like extra work; but it works for me. Instructions are explained via video.
Sorry, can't help you with the frogging smiley.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:04 AM   #3
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I just knit a couple rows with waste yarn, switch to the "good" yarn and pick out the stitches when I need to get to the live sts.... I'm a crocheter and I have tried using the provisional cast on and found it way to complicated for me.
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Old 05-30-2007, 01:31 PM   #4
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I use the same one Mystery Girl posted. I just couldn't get the hang of Amy's way of doing it.
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Old 05-31-2007, 11:36 PM   #5
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did you all have the same problem with the twisting, or something different?
I wish I could figure it out!

the crochet is the one I'm using too, I even like it, so I shouldn't complain, but it just irks me when I can't learn something...
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I find it difficult to see exactly where she is putting the needle. I guess I need a different camera angle or something. I also find it helps to have written instructions with graphics, but I haven't seen any for that method.
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I become lost and then I would lose count , probably due to the twisted gaps that develop. The pco that Amy shows reminds me of the cast on for the mobius that Cat Bordhi did on Knitty Gritty. It doesn't bother me that I can't pick-up the one shown here for two reasons:
a) knitting should be fun not something meant to drive you loopy and
b) one method does not work for everybody (or every situation), that's why there is diversity.
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Other than the crochet method, the other provisional cast-on I use is basically the long tail cast on, but the waste yarn is over my thumb, and the working yarn is the other side of the sling shot. (Does that make sense?)
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Oops, I didn't see this thread on here until I after I posted mine! Sorry!
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When I used Amy's way, it did twist. I just rotated the stitches on the needle with my fingers so that it untwisted and all the waste yarn was on the bottom of the needle.
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