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  1. Enid
    July 24, 2021 @ 9:51 am

    Thank you for the tutorial, and for adding that ribbing would be harder to pick up/unzip. I thought I’d done something wrong, but nope, it was just that I didn’t knit/purl that first row!

  2. Sara
    July 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

    Thank you for the great tutorials. I am excited to try the provisional cast on. You have made it seem less intimidating. Many of the projects I am interested in use this method and I have usually avoided them! The photos are very helpful.

  3. Karen
    November 15, 2018 @ 11:32 am

    I’m doing my first provisional cast on, and found all kinds of tutorials online on how to do it – up until the actual ‘join in the round’ step! So THANK YOU for including the pics of what to do after you finish that last cast-on loop! :)

  4. Erin
    June 8, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

    Hi and thanks for the great tutorial. You specifically say the size of the crochet hook does not matter but never mention if the waste yarn needs to be the same / similar to the actual yarn​ or if it can be significantly different. I have some cotton yarn that is worsted weight (20 st/4″) that I was wondering if I could use it as waste yarn for provisional co for DK weight j(26st/4″) project. Will that mess up my 1st row or does it not matter? Thanks for your clarity. I have searched and searched & no one seems to clarify this point

    • alexaludeman
      June 9, 2017 @ 8:47 am

      I would use yarn that is the same weight as my project. Because you are knitting into the waste yarn on the first row you would want it to be the same weight to keep your gauge right.

  5. John Dorrance
    January 31, 2017 @ 2:04 pm

    You don’t actually need a crochet hook for the crochet cast on – I find it much easier to just use my fingers.

    • alexaludeman
      February 2, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

      It’s true, it is do-able without the crochet hook, I just find it a lot faster (especially when casting on 200+ sts) and my tension more even

  6. garnharmoni
    August 30, 2015 @ 11:49 am

    Thanks for sharing! A great tutorial that I have re-blogged on my site. Thanks again, Christina in Sweden

  7. Karin
    July 17, 2015 @ 4:28 am

    Reblogged this on Pointe Shoes Punk Rock And Purl and commented:
    One of the best tutorials I’ve seen for my favourite provisional cast ons.
    This may be a little tricky to learn if you are less familiar with a crochet hook but it’s very worthwhile to learn, giving the most tidy and secure start to a piece IMHO. That says a LOT from this very OCD knitter / crocheter.

  8. Julie Muehlberg
    July 16, 2015 @ 4:13 pm

    This is fantastic! So clear . . I always balk at doing P.C.O. Now, it seems super easy, thanks to your tutorial. Thank you!

  9. Katie Lynn
    July 16, 2015 @ 12:51 pm

    This is my FAVORITE provisional cast-on, which is odd because it seems like there aren’t a lot of tutorials that show it! This is a great one, the photos are really clear.

  10. Amy C
    July 16, 2015 @ 8:29 am

    Yes! This is my favorite provisional cast on and I’m a lefty, so I can testify that it works very well. As a lefty, though, I hold the crochet hook in my left hand so I find that passing the yarn under the needle results in a ‘backwards’ stitch mount. I usually pass the yarn over, not under the needle. Sometimes I’ve messed up and created a bunch of stitches mounted the wrong way. Rather than take it all out and start over, I just knit into the back leg of the stitches.

    • Emily Wessel
      July 20, 2015 @ 8:57 am

      Thanks for the details on how you work this as a lefty! Super useful! Cheers – Emily

  11. Andrea @ This Knitted Life
    July 16, 2015 @ 8:01 am

    Oh so very useful!

  12. nora
    July 16, 2015 @ 7:37 am

    Thank you for the lovely lesson! I only started using the crochet cast-on in the last couple of weeks. I was always a bit disappointed that my starts didn’t look like my cast-offs (self-taught knitter). Now they’ll look more alike! I’m going to share this with my knitting friend.

  13. Thread Forward
    July 16, 2015 @ 6:35 am

    I am a lefty and it works just fine for me! Thanks for posting this, i will flag for future reference as I usually have to look up crochet provisional CO.