Provisional Cast On

A Provisional Cast On is a temporary cast on made with waste yarn. The waste yarn is later removed to reveal live stitches that can be used to knit in the opposite direction or to aid in grafting. The video demonstrates how to cast on and also how to properly remove the waste yarn when needed.

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  1. Lisa Bryan
    Posted June 17, 2012 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    Your videos are so awesome. I’m so glad I found your site when I bought your building block book. I have learned so much from this book. I’m on my second blanket. The first one I donated to relay for life and it raffled off for $1500. This one i’m making now is for me 🙂

    Thanks again for all you do!

  2. Posted June 17, 2012 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I am so honored to have played a part in your blanket you knit for charity. Your work must have been exquisite to have raised so much money. You are another example of the generosity of knitters! Thanks for sharing your story.

  3. Kim V
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Love this way of doing a provisional cast-on! Thanks!

  4. Charlie
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I have a question……on your provisional cast on video you explain how to get the number of stitches you want by adding a stitch and by the end of the first knitted row, it evens out. For the KAL Part 1, do we add one stitch to make it 16? or do we cast on 15 and lose the one thus we only knit 14 stitches after the provisional cast on? Does that make sense?

  5. Posted October 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Do not add a stitch to the KAL project. We will deal with the stitch issue in the final clue. For now, the mystery remains.

  6. Katherine
    Posted October 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    Can you tread a lifeline after provisional cast on so that when you’re removing the waste yarn and you drop a stitch it’s easier to pick back up?

  7. Posted October 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    A genius solution!

  8. Alice Beihl
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Greetings! I have never done a KAL before – looks like fun. My question – do I understand after doing the provisional cast-on I will only be knitting with 14 stitches? Just want to make sure I start off correctly. Thanks, Alice

  9. Posted October 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I’m so happy to have you knitting with us! Cast on 15 stitches using this method and then you will work the pattern over those 15 stitches. Do not worry about the waste yarn removal for now. It will all become clear in Clue #4. Happy knitting!

  10. Alice
    Posted October 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to still being confused – as I stated above, will I be knitting on 14 stitches for the first 27″? Your response to Charlie seems to indicate one will be knitting on 14 stitches to start with. (Just bought my yarn – a beautiful vibrant yellow – gift for my granddaughter!)

  11. Posted October 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    No. Cast on 15 stitches and work the pattern over these 15 stitches for 27″.

  12. Posted January 20, 2013 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    This is a great, informative video…thanks!

  13. Posted January 20, 2013 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Happy to be of help!

  14. Merci
    Posted October 24, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your very careful showing of how to do a provisional cast on.
    You are a lifesaver!

  15. Posted October 24, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for calling me a lifesaver – I’m a lousy swimmer!

  16. Jane Johnson
    Posted February 21, 2015 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Michelle – I am getting ready to do a Knitty pattern (Ice Queen). It is a cowl/hood knitted in the round that calls for a provisional cast on. Am I still going to lose a stitch when I unzip the waste yarn? Should I cast on one extra??? Thanks for your help!!!

  17. Posted February 22, 2015 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I would not cast on an extra stitch. Place a lifeline through your first round of knitting and it will help rescue that last stitch when removing the waste yarn. Happy knitting!

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  • By Intertwisted – Part 4 and Reveal! on October 25, 2012 at 7:26 am

    […] on a smaller needle.  At the left edge an extra stitch must be captured from the row above.  See Provisional Cast On Video  There are 16 stitches on the small needle.  Transfer these stitches to a #10 double […]

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