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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A fabric shaver that really works

Have you ever bought a tiny fabric shaver likes the one below and thrown it in the trash bin as it didn’t work?

They usually don’t come with any manual but they really should. When you use a fabric shaver next time, hold it vertically as shown in the photo and it will work wonder! Try it next time 😉

The photo above is for illustration purpose, you can use any model, really.


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