Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Provisional Cast-On Question

I'm just beginning my first BSJ, and I think I'd like to use the provisional cast-on. BUT -- I've never used this before! I think I understand how to do it, but my question is:

Do you have to add on later in order to have a finished garment? In other words, when you remove the extra yarn, can it still function as a "regular" cast on?

I won't know until I've finished whether or not I want to lengthen the sleeves, for instance, and I don't want to be left with a bunch of hanging loops at the edges. :-)

Thanks for any help you can give!


  • No, it won't function as a regular cast on when you remove the waste yarn. It will be a bunch of live stitches. If you decide not to lengthen, you would have to take out the waste yarn, then bind off those loops. Then you would be all set.

    By Anonymous aimeedewar, at 9:08 PM  

  • whether you use the "twisty wrap" method or the crochet chain method, you'll have a piece of yarn that will have to be unraveled, leaving open loops. you could continue in the opposite direction, lengthening the sleeve portion (not all of the cast on row forms the sleeve cuffs) or immediately cast it off, depending on your preference, but you'll have to do something with it.

    By Blogger eudyptula, at 9:09 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the prompt replies! I'll go ahead and make a regular (long-tail) cast on this time and then pick up stitches at the cuff if I need to later on.

    By Blogger ejmh, at 9:22 PM  

  • When you pick them up do it from the wrong side. it will be unnoticeable. Good luck.

    By Blogger Annie in the Round, at 4:27 AM  

  • Thank you annie in the round. That's a handy thing to know.

    By Blogger ejmh, at 7:46 AM  

  • If you don't need or want extra length at the cast-on end when you're finished, instead of knitting a ribbing, use a finer yarn and knit a hem for an inch or two.

    To finish it, thread a sharp needle with a single ply of your working yarn (not the hem yarn.) Go through the live stitch and then through the sweater, just skimmimg the sweater stitches. Don't cast-off the hem stitches, which will make the edge tight, just hem the live stitches.

    EZ frequently put a name or date on this type of hem to personalize a sweater. I think that's a fine idea.

    By Blogger Rebecca Z., at 8:22 AM  

  • There is only one time that I know of that you can pull out the extra yarn and leave well enough alone. If you do a provisional cast on and proceed immediately to a k1p1 rib, then when you remove the waste yarn nothing would unravel. Not my favorite cast on for k1p1 ribbing, but you can try it! Unfortunately, the baby jacket is garter stitch, so this is kind a moot point anyway, but it is kind of interesting. I also like to do the "twisty loop" using the long tail of the yarn when I knit top down hats, or center out shawls. You can just pull on the long tail and it will gather in and close the hole....


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:11 PM  

  • If you use a provisional cast on, you can leave it if you decide you don't need to add any length. The cast on doesn't look quite as pretty as a long-tail or knitted cast on, but nothing says that you have to take out a provisional cast on if you don't need to.

    By Anonymous peggy, at 3:40 PM  

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