Knitting How To: Easy Provisional Cast-On

Knitting How To: Easy Provisional Cast-On

Knitting How To: Easy Provisional Cast-On

Today I'm going to show you another version of the provisional cast-on. We'll be using an interchangeable cable. It's an easy provisional cast-on that works well with a medium to large number of cast-on stitches. It's called The Invisible Cast-On (aka: Provisional Wrap Cast-On or Open Loop Cast-On)

This method is neat & tidy, secures the stitches firmly, and makes finding and picking up the provisional stitches simple.  

Materials needed for Knitting a Provisional Cast on with Interchangeable Cable

Materials needed for Knitting a Provisional Cast on with Interchangeable Cable

You Will Need:

  1. Project needle
  2. Interchangeable Cable
  3. Two Stoppers or end caps

How to Provisionally Cast On in 4 Easy Steps

  1. Using the project fiber and needle, make a slipknot leaving the standard 5" tail. 
  2. Hold the  interchangeable  cable together with the project needle gripping them near the project needle point.
  3. Bring the yarn under the cable and toward you, then over the project needle and away from you.
  4. Continue step 3 until you have wrapped the required number of stitches.  DO NOT count the slipknot as a stitch.

Once you have the correct stitch count you are ready for the 1st row.

Steps 1 and 2 of Working the First Row

Steps 1 and 2 of Working the First Row

Working the First Row

  1. Grip the last wrap at the bottom to hold the working yarn in place, then knit the first stitch thru the back loop.
  2. Screw on the 1st stopper or end cap.
  3. Continue knitting thru the back loops across the row until the last stitch (slipknot).
  4. Drop the slipknot and screw on 2nd end cap.
  5. Continue the next row as normal.

Knitting Tip: When choosing the interchangeable cable, choose a cable longer than the project needle which will allow both ends to droop downward. This will keep the provisionals and cable out of your way until you are ready for them.

When picking and knitting the provisional stitches, they will sit on an angle very much as the 1st row did and should be worked thru the back loop as well.

Happy Knitting!

- Donna Pelzar, Your Friendly Knitting Doctor

Have you tried this cast on method? How did it work for you? What other ways do you like to cast on?

Knitting: Learn this Easy Provisional Cast On!

Knitting: Learn this Easy Provisional Cast On!

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Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.