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by Ysolda support@ysolda.com October 23, 2014 2 min read

A provisional cast on is any method of casting on that can be undone later to release live stitches that can be worked from the cast on edge. This is my favourite method because it unzips so easily.

You’ll need smooth scrap yarn close to the weight of the working yarn and a crochet hook in a similar size to the needles. 

1. Begin by making a slipknot and placing it onto the hook.
1. Begin by making a slipknot and placing it onto the hook.
2. Wrap the yarn around the hook.
2. Wrap the yarn around the hook.
3. Pull it through the stitch on the hook.
3. Pull it through the stitch on the hook.
4. One stitch has been made around the needle
4. One stitch has been made around the needle
5. *Wrap the yarn around the hook
5. *Wrap the yarn around the hook
6. then insert the tip of the needle between the wrap and the stitch on the hook
6. then insert the tip of the needle between the wrap and the stitch on the hook
7. Pull the wrap through the stitch on the hook. Rep from * until the desired number of stitches have been cast on.
7. Pull the wrap through the stitch on the hook. Rep from * until the desired number of stitches have been cast on.
8. Work a few more stitches of crochet chain, break the yarn and pull the end through the last stitch on the hook.
8. Work a few more stitches of crochet chain, break the yarn and pull the end through the last stitch on the hook.
9. Switch to the working yarn and work the first row into the waste yarn stitches on the needle.
9. Switch to the working yarn and work the first row into the waste yarn stitches on the needle.

Tip: The crochet cast on doesn’t have to be provisional, done in the working yarn it’s the perfect match for a regular bind off, which can be nice on something like a scarf.

Here's a quick video of working the crochet chain around the needle. 

Undoing the crochet cast on

1. Start at the end with the chain and unpick the tail of the yarn.
1. Start at the end with the chain and unpick the tail of the yarn.
2. Pulling on this end will then unzip the chain.
2. Pulling on this end will then unzip the chain.
3. Because the stitches are turned upside down the first stitch will be a half a stitch, pick up this loop with the working needle.
3. Because the stitches are turned upside down the first stitch will be a half a stitch, pick up this loop with the working needle.
4. Continue to pick up stitches with the working needle, pulling out the cast on carefully as you go.
4. Continue to pick up stitches with the working needle, pulling out the cast on carefully as you go.

At the end count how many stitches you have compared to how many you need. If you miss this half stitch or want to drop it off nothing will unravel.


Ysolda support@ysolda.com
Ysolda support@ysolda.com

Ysolda designs knitting patterns, spent years teaching at events and loves to find new yarns and books to share.



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