18 May 2015

How to: Crochet Provisional Cast On

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial
I began writing a series of jointing and seaming tutorials with grafting live stitches in garter. And since to graft live stitches you need to have two lots of live stitches, it seemed fitting to make a precursor
of a provisional cast on.

Other posts in the series:
Crochet Provisional Cast on II
Grafting in Garter Stich

First of all, why graft stitches together, what are live stitches and why do we need live stitches at all?
Grafting, or a Kitchener stitch, is a method of joining two pieces of fabric without a seam. You do this using a tapestry needle and a length of yarn by working one stitch at a time to join the two pieces of fabric into one continuous piece. To graft stitches you need them to be in a form of loops, sitting on a needle and not to be bound off, these are called live stitches.

Why graft stitches instead of seaming them? Grafting is a better choice for anything close fitting, like sock toes, mitten tops, or underarms; any place where you don't want a bulky seam, some toys perhaps or otherwise anything that you'd want to be seamless for one reason or another.

When we cast on for a project at the beginning we automatically create the edge that's closed off and we'll need to unravel it to turn it back into live stitches. If you've ever tried to unravel a cast on edge from the bottom up, you'll know that it's not the most straight forward task and can get fiddly. But there are ways around it, the easiest of them, the ones we refer to as *provisional* cast ons are unravelled effortlessly. One such cast on is a crochet provisional cast on I talk about here.

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial
Always use smooth yarn in a contrasting colour for a provisional cast on because it's easier to unravel afterwards.

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial
Stitches that are picked up will have a crochet chain base and will look like this.
Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial

Clear crochet provisional cast on tutorial

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