September 8, 2010
Remember how we were prattling on in our latest Problem Ladies column over at Twist Collective? About how we hate the crochet chain provisional cast on because it always worms around and we pick up in the wrong side of the bump or whatever and then, weeks or months or lifetimes later, it won’t unzip properly when it’s time to free the live stitches, and how this defeats the whole purpose of doing the fiddly thing in the first place, and so we dispense with the whole exercise and just cast on in waste yarn and cut it out later? (Or was that just me?)
Well, thanks to kind Raveler Angela, the scales have fallen from my (extremely scaly) eyes: I have seen Lucy Neatby’s video of her way of doing the crochet cast on. The earth moved under my feet. Not wormy! Stays totally still! On the knitting needle! No need to find the correct bump or lump to start knitting into with the real yarn! And on top of it all, that clipped, cheery Lucy voice explaining it all to you!
I am ashamed. But also delighted. This is life changing. Or at least shawl changing. It was scary taking the scissors to my clunky non-provisional cast-on.
I can do a provisional cast-on. Me! All by myself! With a little “unzip me here” chain!
Enjoy, everyone. (Assuming there are others out there in a similar state of arrested development on this issue.) Thank you Lucy!