Tin Can Knits

Lush Cardigan by Tin Can KnitsWhat is a Provisional Cast On?  A provisional cast-on is a blanket term for any sort of cast-on which leaves live stitches, which can later be knit from in the opposite direction. Provisional cast-ons are often used in seamless knitting patterns, and at Tin Can Knits we design mostly-seamless patterns for your knitting pleasure!

This versatile cast-on technique is used in the Lush cardigan, the Low Tide cardigan and the Gramps cardigan.

HOW TO CAST ON PROVISIONALLY USING THE CROCHET CHAIN METHOD

  • First use a contrast colour yarn to crochet a chain of more chain stitches than you need to cast on.
  • Then use the working yarn and needle to knit into the back of this crochet chain, pulling up your cast-on stitches.

You can see this method in even more detail here (it is used as part of the garter-tab cast on, the method used in…

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