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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