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  • I am endlessly grateful that, at the beginning of my knitting career, when I was first called upon to use a provisional cast on, I found this method first. It is beautiful, elegant and easy. Now, every time I see someone using the crochet chain provisional cast on, I can only shake my head.

  • What a beautiful sweater, especially with your choice of color! I fear that at 5’2″ and an hourglass figure (6 o’clock=straight up and down), the sweater would overwhelm me.

  • I use that cast on all the time for provisionals. Often, instead of working it over waste yarn, I work it over a spare cable from my Knitpicks Options (other interchangeable knitting needles are available). It means when I need to work with those stitches again, I just screw my tips on and away I go.
    It’s also a nice start for a top-down hat. Work the cast on over your yarn tail, and then when you’ve finished, you can just pull the tail up snug and your hat is done.

  • This method always makes me think of Cat Bordhi’s super-fun Moebius cast-on, with the “dolphin, butterfly! dolphin, butterfly!”.
    In support of the crochet-chain method (which I use when I need to provisionally cast on just a few stitches, as for the Puff Daddy), let me say that no crochet hook is required; you can finger-knit a chain of stitches.

  • Judy’s Magic Cast-on works great for this sort of thing. And when you’re done, you cannot tell where the provision cast-on was.
    Instructions and video links here: http://www.persistentillusion.com/blogblog/index.php?pagename=techniques
    It’s for much more than just toe-up socks! 🙂
    I really, really want to make that sweater and this is the cast-on that I’ll use when I do. 🙂
    BTW, thanks for signing my book when you were in Portland. I wish I could have been there, but working at the LYS wasn’t so bad, either. 🙂

  • I am just stunned that you usually are only knitting one garment at a time (or do you really mean garment and not project?). I have 3 things on needles right now and one blanket where the squares are all knit but I need to organize and sew up (to say nothing of the planned projecks in stash). The yarn is beautiful.

  • I am seriously considering the possibility of a cardigan for myself, upon realizing I have not knit a sweater for myself since way before my first pregnancy, um, 14 years ago. And this may be the one, having loved the look of it from the book. And in person, seeing it at NY S&W.
    P.S.: pretty decent pics of both of you in a photo montage chez my blog: http://hitherandyarn.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/u-is-for-un-imaginary-friends
    This is the provisional cast-on I most often use too. I love Meg Swansen’s name for it, the “twisty-wrap”! So apropos.

  • And the stuff that makes me actually want to finally give it a go. Thanks! And…now I want Yank too!

  • I will be endlessly grateful for the phrase, “The wings over your wind.” Endlessly and eternally.

  • I knit with Harrisville yarn all the time (they’re 20 minutes from my house — you should come visit some time) and it is wonderful yarn. Once your sweater is done and you’re ready to block it, go ahead and wash it as usual but then once it’s really rinsed give it a final rinse in what we used to call creme rinse (I think it’s called conditioner now) and that wool will feel even more wonderful.

  • Love the sweater. EZ shows a similar provisional cast on in “Knitting Around”.

  • Right on, Kay! I just finished a two-part Moebius class at Katonah Yarn Company (a VERY cozy and nice shop in a northern suburb of Manhattan). It was taught by the fabulous Rae, a wonderful teacher, and a really great knitter. During a leisurely moment on Day Two, we were commenting on how the Moebius cast-on is like the (non-crocheted) provisional cast-on.
    I like both ways. It’s so much fun to “zip” open the crocheted cast-on, at the pivital moment (and thanks for the tip about not needing a hook).
    Ann, can’t wait to see what message there will be on your sweater, initiated in a “slutty” moment…. :):)

  • BOO

  • Ann, was loving the informative nature of your post, and that yarn of yours is gorgeous! But I just about lost my cereal when reading that sign-off of yours. Absolutely priceless!
    OK, I’ve recovered now… back to the regularly scheduled cereal-eating… with a smile on my face. 🙂

  • How in the name of all things good and holy have I missed that invisible cast on all this time?? I use the crochet chain method and somehow always manage to mess it up and have to cut the waste yarn in order to liberate my live cast on stitches. This method is beautiful and elegant and awesome! Thank you, Ann.
    Now back to flinging foul words at your book while I try to figure out the steek for the dotty blanket. Maybe I don’t really need to try this fair isles business after all….
    I, too, love, love, love the “The Wings Above Your Wind” sign off.

  • I love that cast-on, too! I use it all the time when I do toe-up socks!

  • Bad reader – I have not yet checked the links. Because I’ve done it before. But it is SO HARD TO JOIN IN A CIRCLE. Just saying. I did it for a hat with a hem (totally worth it), but omg, omg, omg. I did it about 70 times to get it joined in a circle.
    And now that I’ve typed all that, I think next time, I’ll just knit straight a couple of rows and then join in a round.
    Thanks for listening to my solve my hypothetical problems.

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