Crochet Chain Provisional Cast On Video

Many of my designs use a provisional cast on at some point within the pattern... so I decided it was time to show you how I work one!

The cast on uses smooth scrap yarn to get you started, you can choose to use a crochet hook, or not, that's up to you!

There is another technique by Lucy Neatby that I also use, just keep in mind that if you use her technique you will need to work one row after you work it so that you are set up correctly.


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  6. I tend to use the method described by Neatby and I'm wondering if I use that why I need to knit an extra row (with the scrap yarn or the "real" yarn?) before beginning. When I use the Neatby method, and get the scrap yarn on the needles, I start knitting the real yarn on the end where the knot would be, so it's not different from what you're doing here I don't think. Anyway, your video is very clear. Thanks for posting it!

    1. You are welcome! And yes, with Lucy's crochet cast on, you need to work one more row with the working yarn to be ready to work the pattern!

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