Afterthought Provisional Cast-on

In this tutorial, I will show you how to transform a knitted cast-on to a provisional cast-on. I have called it “afterthought provisional cast-on”. It is a useful technique to transform an otherwise too tight neckline.

In Figure 1, the upper edge is the knitted cast-on edge. The blue line shows where you should pass through your needle. For this example, I am going to transform all except the outermost 2 stitches into provisional cast-on stitches.

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2 shows how it looks after inserting the needle.

Then you cut though the cast-on edge between the stitches (do not cut between the first and last 2 stitches). The blue arrows in Figure 3 show where you should cut the yarn.

Figure 3

Figure 4

Figure 4 shows how it looks like.

Figure 5

Remove the cut yarn of the knitted cast-on edge (Figure 5) and unthread the remaining ends from the first and last 2 stitches. Figure 6 shows how it looks like from the RS and Figure 7 shows the WS.

Figure 6

Figure 7

Figure 8 and 9 show how it looks if you have to add a stockinette stitch neckband (shown in contrasting color) at this point. In this particular example, the first and last 2 stitches are picked up from the cast-on edge while the remaining stitches are worked across the afterthought provisional cast-on stitches.

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Figure 9

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Dado

Dado (Sizes: XS-4X) — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Dado is a surprisingly simple pattern. It has a straight forward construction that uses only increases and knit stitches, no short row nor purl stitch is used. Worked in a bulky but lofty yarn, this drapey vest is both light weight and fast to make and is perfect as a year round layering garment.

Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

MATERIALS

YARN

Bulky weight

Shown here: Berrocco North Star (92% Superfine Alpaca, 8% Nylon; 100 m/109 yds per 50 g/1.75 oz ball; color: #3007 Elk): 6 (7, 7, 8) {8, 8, 8, 9} skeins

Yardage requirement: 575 (605, 680, 710) {720, 745, 770, 855} m / 630 (660, 745, 775) {785, 815, 840, 935} yds, including 10% allowance

NEEDLES

8 mm / US 11 circular needle of length at least 100 cm / 40 inches; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

Spare circular needle of equal or smaller size, any length

NOTIONS

6 (6, 8, 8) {8, 8, 8, 10} stitch markers in one color and 6 (6, 8, 8) {8, 8, 8, 10} stitch markers in another color; yarn needle

GAUGE

10.5 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in garter stitch, blocked.

REQUIRED SKILLS

cable cast-on, increase, provisional cast-on

SIZES

XS (S, M, L) {1X, 2X, 3X, 4X} to fit actual bust size 76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5) {117, 127, 137, 147.5} cm / 30 (34, 38, 42) {46, 50, 54, 58} inches

Shown in XS

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Cala Luna

Cala Luna (Sizes: XS-2X) — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Cala Luna is a simple to knit pullover with A-line shaping and curved hemline. It is a color block design worked in a light worsted weight yarn.

It is worked in the round from the bottom up to the underarm. The sleeves and body are worked separately and seamed at last, making it suitable as your on-the-go knitting project.

Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

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MATERIALS

YARN

Worsted weight

Shown here: Miss Babs Yowza – Whatta Skein! (100% Merino superwash; 512 m/560 yds, 226 g/8 oz skein; Sleeve Color (SC) Oyster: 1 skein for all sizes; Body Color (BC) Sweet Pea: 1 (1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2)For sizes L1 and L2, the exact yardage is 480 m / 525 yds and 505 m / 555 yds respectively, the second skein is suggested in case if your row gauge is off. skein(s).

Yardage requirement:

SC (for sleeves): 330 (340, 380, 440, 455, 490, 525) m / 360 (370, 415, 480, 500, 535, 575) yds, including 10% allowance

BC (for body): 420 (450, 485, 530, 555, 590, 620) m / 460 (490, 530, 580, 605, 645, 680) yds, including 10% allowance

NEEDLES

4.5 mm / US 7 circular needle of length 80 cm / 32 inches or longer; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

4.5 mm / US 7 needle(s) in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round

3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle of length 40 cm / 16 inches, for neckband

3.75 mm / US 5 circular needle of length 80 cm / 32 inches, for hem

NOTIONS

yarn needle

GAUGE

18 sts and 25 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked.

SIZES

XS (S, M, L1, L2, 1X, 2X)

Shown in XS, modeled with 7 cm / 2.75
inches positive ease.

This garment is intended to be worn with 5-10 cm / 2-4 inches positive ease.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust circumference: 83.5 (90, 96.5, 108, 112, 121, 128) cm / 32.75(35.5, 38, 42.5, 44.25, 47.75, 50.25) inches

Back length: 65 (65.5, 67, 69.5, 70.5, 71, 73) cm / 25.5 (25.75, 26.5, 27.5, 27.75, 28, 28.75) inches

REQUIRED SKILLS

Decreases; increases, knitting in the round; short rows

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Cala Luna (Sizes: XS-2X) — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2015

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The Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2015 has started! If you have not heard about it, it is a gift-a-long that lasts until the end of year.

You are also welcome to join the KAL/CAL hosted in this Ravelry group. See you there!

Some interesting designs that I love:

Ariel by Brandy Velten

© Brandy Velten

Zirkus by Lisa Hannes

© maliha

Borderline by Nicole Montgomery

© Nicole Montgomery

Peekaboo by Lisa Chemery

© Lisa Chemery


I will be knitting Peekaboo for the GAL. I haven’t knitted other designers’ patterns since the first GAL in 2013. It is already hard to find time to work my own samples, thanks to this event I can finally give myself the luxury of knitting without having to write the pattern first!

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Rainbow Trail

Rainbow Trail (Sizes: XS-2X) — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Rainbow Trail is the knitter’s version of Sonia Rykiel’s colorful sweaters. It is worked seamless from the top down with shaped neckline. The worsted weight long gradient yarn makes it quick to knit and exciting to see the colors emerge.

Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

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MATERIALS

YARN

Worsted weight

Shown here: KnitCircus Ringmaster (100% merino wool; 22 m/250 yds, 100 g/3.5 oz skein; Main Color (MC) Quoth the Raven: 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 4, 5) skeins, Contrasting Color (CC) Over the Rainbow: 3 skeinsFor the first two sizes, only two skeins are necessary. The third skein is only required if you want matching striping sequence on both sleeves.)

Yardage requirement:

MC: 595 (640, 705, 780, 840, 900, 960) m / 650 (700, 770, 855, 920, 985, 1050) yds, including 10% allowance

CC: 395 (430, 470, 520, 560, 600, 640) m / 430 (470, 515, 570, 610, 655, 700) yds, including 10% allowance

NEEDLES

5 mm / US 8 circular needle of length 100 cm / 40-inch; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

5 mm / US 8 needle(s) in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round

4 mm / US 6 circular needle of length 40 cm / 16-inch, for neckband

NOTIONS

Stitch markers; waste yarn; yarn needle

GAUGE

16.5 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stockinette stitch on larger needles, blocked.

SIZES

XS (S, M, L1, L2, 1X, 2X)

Shown in XS

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Bust circumference: 86 (93.5, 100.5, 105.5, 116.5, 122.5, 129.5) cm / 34 (36.75, 39.5, 41.5, 45.75, 48.25, 51) inches

This garment is intended to be worn with 7-10 cm / 2-4 inches positive ease.

REQUIRED SKILLS

Knitting in the round, short-rows

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Puh Cardigan (babies and kids)

Puh Cardigan Sizes 6-month – 10-year — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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Puh is a classic cardigan with distinctive features at raglan seams and side seams that distinguish your handknit. It is designed with plenty of ease for maximum comfort and freedom of movement. It is worked seamlessly from the top down, so that you can easily adjust length to your preference. It has a shawl collar and curved hemline.

Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

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MATERIALS

YARN

DK weight

Shown here: Wollmeise Merino DK (100% Merino; 428 m/468 yds, 200 g/7 oz hank; color Lemon): 1 (2, 2, 2) {2, 2, 2, 2} skein(s)

Yardage requirement:

345 (450, 505, 540) {585, 665, 765, 865} m / 375 (490, 550, 590) {640, 725, 835, 945} yds, including 10% allowance

NEEDLES

4 mm / US 6 circular needle of length 60 cm (24 inches) or longer; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

4 mm / US 6 needles in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round, for sleeves

NOTIONS

5 (5, 5, 5) {6, 6, 7, 7} buttons about 1.7 cm / 0.625 inches diameter; stitch markers in 3 colors; yarn needle

REQUIRED SKILLS

Decreases, increases, picking up stitches, short-rows

GAUGE

19 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm / 4 inches in stockinette stitch, blocked.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Finished chest circumference (buttoned): 60 (66.5, 70.5, 72.5) {74.5, 81, 85.5, 89.5} cm / 23.5 (26, 27.75, 28.5) {29.5, 32, 33.5, 35.25} inches

This garment is intended to be worn with about 16 cm / 6.25 inches positive ease. Kids come in all sizes. Choose size based on the desired finished chest circumference and adjust length as needed.

SIZES

6mo (12mo, 2yr, 3yr) {4yr, 6yr, 8yr, 10yr}

Shown in size 4yr

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Puh Cardigan Sizes 6-month – 10-year — € 6 (VAT inclusive)

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La Spiga

La Spiga (One size) — € 5.4 (VAT inclusive)

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La Spiga is quick to knit one-skein hat. The simple cables are approachable even for beginners.

Written and charted directions are given for the stitch pattern. Measurements are given in both centimeters and inches.

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MATERIALS

YARN

Worsted weight

Shown here: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (100% American Targhee-Columbia wool; 50g/140 yards; color Camper: 1 skein)

NEEDLES

5 mm / US 8 circular needle of length 40 cm / 16″; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

5 mm / US 8 needle(s) in your preferred style for small circumference knitting in the round

NOTIONS

Cable needle, yarn needle

GAUGE

16.5 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in Stockinette stitch, blocked.

21.5 sts and 25.5 rows = in Cable Pattern, blocked.

SIZES

One size to fit an average adult female

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Circumference: 47 cm / 18.5″ (to fit an actual head circumference of about 57 cm / 22.5″)

Brim to center of crown: 24 cm / 9.5″

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La Spiga (One size) — € 5.4 (VAT inclusive)

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Girotondo

Caffe Latte — FREE PATTERN

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Do you have those tiny remnants that you don’t know what to do with? Girotondo is a whimsical knit that can be worked with any weight of yarn. The suggested yarn and needle combination is indicative only.

MATERIALS

YARN

Fingering weight

Shown here: Sunrise Fiber Co. Classic Sock (100% merino wool; 400 m / 366 yds, 100 g / 3.53 oz skein; color Holi Festival: 1 skein)

Yardage: 75 m / 85 yds, no allowance added

NEEDLES

3.75 mm / US 5 needles, any type; adjust needle size if necessary to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS

Yarn needle

GAUGE

20 sts and 40 rows = 10 cm / 4″ in garter stitch, blocked.

Gauge is not critical but affects the finished measurement and yardage.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

112 cm / 44″ in length, measured along the shorter edge

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Caffe Latte — FREE PATTERN

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