November knitters and provisional cast-ons

Today was the knitter’s group, so I took the afternoon off. It is nice to play hooky a few times a month. Unfortunately, I often cannot make it to various gatherings. B showed us several types of provisional cast-ons. I think I failed at all of them, but will try again at home. None of us (including B who does not use this method) were able to get the crocheted cast on out easily. These instructions (or video here) are a little different than what I understood her to be saying. I will try them after I find my crochet hook.

The next was like the magic loop method. I never saw B’s hands very well, but I found a clear video so I know I could do this in the future. There are some other techniques in Knitty.

The last technique B showed was actually a figure eight cast-on as used for toe up socks. I have used this. I won’t say I’ve used it easily or well, but I have used it, however it hasn’t been provisional when I have done it. I found it very difficult get the right tension on the center stitches, but I haven’t liked any other method for toe up socks any better.

ML asked about the blog at the meeting. I think I will send the URL to the group in case anyone else wants to look at it. If you are new reader (adding to the three or so other readers), please feel free to comment on anything, including giving a divergent opinion about a book.

B brought up Ravelry and I let her know I am on as WKate. I should check my email there more often – I had a messages dating back to mid-October, including one from someone I don’t know wondering if I would be willing to sell/trade something in my stash (the answer was yes since I have no specific purpose for the yarn).

After the meeting, I went to my LYS and bought yarn (yes, as if I needed more) for a hat for TH. (Yes, I am already working on one that isn’t on my list of current projects or planned projects, started within half an hour of posting the planned projects.) It is yarn for the hat from Never knit your man a sweater that he wanted. L gave me a ride and she came close to buying a kit for a sweater made out of Trekking sock yarn held doubled. Unfortunately, I was not able to find a picture of it on the web. The sweater is striped – two different yarns used in each stripe. The kit has 8 skeins (2 each) and is knit on size 6 or 7 needles. It is a basic sweater design. The variations in the trekking sock yarn and the stripes are the real design of the sweater.

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2 thoughts on “November knitters and provisional cast-ons

  1. I don’t think I would like the provisional cast-ons. I tend to completely rip out stuff because I can’t seem to rip out a few rows without dropping stitches and then I get frustrated. Perhaps this is why I never got past dog sweaters?

  2. Pingback: Compo’s Hat | Wendelkate procrastinates

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