Tutorial: Provisional Cast-On with a Crochet Hook

When working this cast-on, you are essentially making a crocheted chain around your knitting needle. This creates a row of workable knit stitches that can be taken out at a later point so that you can work the fabric in the opposite direction. It can also be used to graft live stitches to the cast-on stitches instead of using a traditional bind-off. This will create a seamless join between the two ends of the fabric.

Supplies Needed:

  • Waste Yarn

  • Appropriately Sized Knitting Needles

  • Appropriately Sized Crochet Hook (match to knitting needles)

Featured Yarn in this Tutorial:

Three Irish Girls' Adorn Luxe in the Good Vibrations Colorway



Step 1. With waste yarn, make a slip knot and place it on your crochet hook.

Step 2. While holding your knitting needle in your non-dominant hand, place the working yarn under the needle.

Step 3. Pull a loop of the working yarn through the loop on the crochet hook (as if making a chain), looping the yarn around the knitting needle as you do so.

Step 4. Bring the working yarn behind the knitting needle once again (as in step 2).

Repeat Steps 3 & 4 until you have the required amount of stitches on your needle, chain a few extra sts at the end so that you can see which end to pull the sts from when it’s time to unravel the waste yarn. Cut waste yarn, pull the tail through the last loop to secure. You are now ready to knit into these sts as if they were regular knit sts.

Try It Out!

It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that use this technique.

Jewel Be So Cozy Circle Scarf

Jewel Be So Cozy Circle Scarf

Knit in Public - Texture

Knit in Public - Texture

Ice Cream and Magic

Ice Cream and Magic Cowl