We all get into our own groove when it comes to knitting habits. I learned the knitted cast on, then learned the cable cast on one day when watching my mother begin a project. I used that cast on for years, and when I learned the long tail cast on, it became my habit for years.
Today’s cast on, the waste yarn provisional cast on, however, changed my knitting life. I no longer shy away from casting on hundreds of stitches for a full-width afghan. It’s also useful for casting on any project where you’re going to knit in the opposite direction such as a hat with a lining or a stole worked in two panels from the center to the ends.
I recently showed the ladies at my local knitting guild this technique, and I expect that some of them will use it.
With 40 years of knitting behind me, I tend to choose a cast on for a project that’s going to complement it in some way. I still use long tail and other cast ons, but when I have a project that needs a lot of stitches, I use the waste yarn provisional cast on.
To best convey this information to you, I prepared a video. It’s my first attempt at video making; I hope you enjoy it.
Waste yarn provisional cast on Vimeo
This is part 5 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 4: Knit a stronger splice join when starting a new ball of yarn