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.
The Russian Join is a great way to join a new skein of yarn in the midst of a project. This join is very sturdy with minimal bulk added to the fabric. Best of all, there are no tails to weave in! I especially like to use the Russian Join in shawls to eliminate the pesky tails that seem to pop out even after careful weaving.