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Old 01-28-2008, 02:44 PM   #1
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Provisional Cast-on
I'm getting ready to try a baby afghan using this cast-on method. I've searched the threads on here, and I must say I'm a little nervous. Is there "anything else" I should know that will give me better success in this?

I did try following the video on our site, and, with casting on 187 stitches, it was a pretty twisted-up situation. I also tried casting on the normal way with waste yarn, then knitting up with my real yarn, but I can't really figure out how to get those cast on stitches removed after.

I KNOW I would really use this technique if I could master it.
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Old 01-28-2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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I always use the crocheted provisional cast on--so much easier.

http://http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=48 This is one way that goes right on your needle.

http://http://www.software4knitting....het_method.htm
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You can do a backwards loop CO in another yarn, then knit the first row with the working yarn. That ways it's easy to start and easy to take out.
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thanks to you both. I'm going to try both ways for sure.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:26 PM   #5
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The easier/simpler the CO, IMO, the quicker it is to remove. I've done several types and actually prefer to do my standard LT as it gives the tension I want. (Others seem to end up looser/tighter than I'd like.) Removing it takes a bit longer (snipping sts) but I'm happier with the results. Try a test swatch of perhaps 20 sts with a few diff COs and see which one fits the bill.

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Thanks, Cam, so it sounds like you individually snip out each cast on as you put the loop that is in it onto the needle? I guess that would not be too bad, and I'd have control of things not coming apart too fast. I'm going to definitely try these all.
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Old 01-28-2008, 07:01 PM   #7
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Yes. If the waste yarn is slippery the little snips will fall away as you load the live sts onto your ndl. When I've done a looser prov (that pulls out in one piece) the working yarn has, luckily, had memory in the sts from not having been worked since the CO and maintained their shape....thus, no sts lost.

Good luck, but I think you'll find this isn't as perplexing as you thought once you arrive at a prov that works with your yarn and sts.

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I really love this provisional cast on... http://youtube.com/watch?v=lhBIS0AhhQY I'll be using it all the time for toe up socks (easy toe).
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Try knitting the first row in a crochet cotton and then changing? Then just put the needle through the stitches in the first row in your main wool and then snip out the cotton?
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Could someone just please tell me WHY 'we' do provisional castons? I don't see the need for them, probably because I've never had a project that calls for that method I couldn't substitute a regular cast on for, what am I missing? Thanks.
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