Monday, July 22, 2013

Provisional Cast On - Crochet

Happy Monday, knitters and knitter-wannabes!

Last week was one of the hottest on record (and, in other news, I definitely exaggerate when it comes to hot weather) and I had a week off from work. It was ........


I slept in and took naps. I went out to lunch. I enjoyed coffee in restaurants I never go to during the day because I'm usually in an office. I watched movies and read books. Oh, did I read books. Only three books, but it was great.

Side note, I recommend Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel. Fantastic story.

I knitted a little; not as much as I'd like, but a little. I started a pair of socks using two skeins of Miss Bab's aptly named Yummy 2-ply fingering weight yarn, one in Coast (blue) and the other in Coral (self-explanatory). I used a short row toe and then one-row stripes alternating each color. In one week, I got past the short row heel and I'm working on the leg. So.... that's a thing.

I don't know about you but I find that I'll pick up a new technique and I notice it starts to show up more often in my projects. Right now it's a provisional cast on. Four projects in The Vandalia Collection (also available in print on MagCloud here) use provisional cast on.

A provisional cast on is temporary. When it's removed, live stitches are available to knit again in another direction. In the cases of Clendenin and Truslow, the live stitches are used in a three needle bind off.

My favorite provisional cast on is a crochet cast on. (I never realized how many times I'd have to type "cast on.") At first it's awkward, especially, I've found, for knitters that aren't familiar with crochet but it definitely pays off. Bonus, if you use your working yarn for the cast on instead of scrap yarn, it mirrors exactly a traditional bind off.

I've been teaching the crochet cast on a few times - friends and in classes. I decided I'd try to make a video and see if that helps, too. It's not a great video. I used the camera on my iPad and some video editor that came included with my computer. Oh, and cheesy royalty-free music I downloaded.

I hope you like it!