Free Technique Monday: Provisional Cast On With a Crochet Chain

A provisional cast on is a sneaky trick knitters use in order to knit seamlessly in the opposite direction from the cast on edge. While it may sound complicated, Debbie Stoller makes it simple, showing you step by step how to cast on stitches with waste yarn and a crochet hook, start knitting into the cast on chain, then “unzip” the provisional cast on and pick up the live stitches with your knitting needle. This technique allows you to create a perfectly smooth seamless join, ideal for finishing touches like hems or decorative edgings.

Provisional Cast On With a Crochet Chain

Debbie Stoller is the New York Times best-selling author of the Stitch ‘n Bitch series of knitting and crocheting books, and has helped to popularize knitting among a new generation since 1999. She is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of BUST magazine, and is the co-author of The BUST DIY Guide to Life.