This week I've been playing around with knitting and provisional cast-ons. I'm learning a lot of very clever new things with my Knitting Olympics project!
A provisional cast-on is where you cast on your work with some waste yarn so you can remove it, pick up the stitches and knit from the cast on edge at some point later in the project.
I found the process of removing the waste yarn somewhat complicated, because I didn't trust my work to unravel if I just pulled it out. My alternative solution is possibly the most convoluted anyone could come up with, but it worked!
Using a crochet hook, I picked up the first working yarn stitches through the waste yarn, and slipped them onto my knitting needle. Once I'd picked up all the stitches (and counted them, just to make sure), I used my trusty crochet hook to remove the waste yarn.
Like I said earlier, this is possibly the most time consuming and convoluted way of doing this, but hey, success is success!
Once my waste yarn was removed, I was all set to begin the next step, which was making a double thickness band by knitting the two sides together. This process is similar to the three needle bind off, but without binding off. Obviously.
I'm rather pleased with my finished band, and I'm looking forward to making progress on the body of the hat. But for now, I'm embarking on some unknitting because I've lost a few stitches along the way. Count your stitches regularly, people. Especially when attempting to knit lace!!!
To play along or to visit other creative spaces this week, drop in on the inspirational Kirsty.