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.

24 thoughts on “Provisional Cast On

  1. Dearest Michelle. What would I do without you? This cast-on method is tough as I’ve only done it once. Your video was so good. You can really see the stitches up close and your explanation is fantastic. Thank you so much

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!!

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

  5. 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!)

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

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