Learning New Techniques — Provisional Cast On

Provisional Cast On With a Crochet Hook
My crocheted provisional cast on

Up until this point in my knitting experience, I have never had to use a provisional cast on. I know what they are, but never had to do one. Until today.

I found a beautiful shawl pattern I want to make to go with a sleeveless dress I bought for an upcoming cruise. Although our destination will be warm, sea breezes can be a little chilly, so a shawl seemed like the perfect accessory.

I found a beautiful shawl pattern at Craftsy.com: the Printemps Shawl(Pssst… as of this writing it’s FREE!)

The yarn arrived yesterday (Cascade Sunseeker–so pretty!) from Jimmy Beans Wool, and I  can’t wait to get started.

So today, I’m learning something new! The pattern asks that you start off with a provisional cast on made with a crochet hook. I love crochet, so I was looking forward to learning how to do this.

And turns out, it’s pretty simple once you watch someone demonstrate it, like you have here in this video from KNITFreedom on YouTube. It’s just like crocheting around a chenille stem if you’ve ever done that.

You can also do a provisional cast on with just a knitting needle as shown in this video by kaleidoscope yarns on YouTube:

So, now I’m off to continue working on the rest of my shawl. Wish me luck! 😀 I’ll post pictures when it’s done. 🐑

Published by Catherine Chant

Award-winning author Catherine Chant is an RWA Golden Heart® finalist. Her books are available at Amazon.com and other popular book retailers. Catherine is also an avid crafter and knit/crochet designer. Find out more at CatherineChant.com and CatherineChantCrochet.com.

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