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Tech Talk [Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-on]

Tech Talk [Crochet Hook Provisional Cast-on]

I'm working on a new design and even though I'm not a sadist (hand to heart), I am asking for a 400 stitch provisional cast-on.  In my life, and in my knitting, I usually find a way to the path of least resistance which means I will simplify, simplify, simplify.  If there's a way to whittle down a process that takes ten steps into one that takes four, I'm gonna find it.

I posted a video on youtube four years ago about fixing dropped stitches in fisherman's rib and I still get messages that there are new comments. Hubs seems to think that if I can, then I should share some of this stuff.  So far outside my comfort zone, people... but I'm trying.

As I wrap up the manuscript for my next book, I realize there are a ton of techniques that are hard to visualize in text, so I'll try posting little videos like this one as we near publication (a year from now!!).

Speaking of tricky-to-envision-written-instructions, here they are for the crochet hook provisional cast-on: Using waste yarn, make a slip knot and place it onto the crochet hook, held in the right hand. Hold the knitting needle behind the hook with the left hand, then *wrap the working yarn counter-clockwise around the needle and hook and pull the working yarn through the slip knot using the crochet hook creating one stitch; rep from * until desired number of stitches are cast-on.  Using the crochet hook, chain a few stitches before breaking the yarn and pulling tail through the last stitch to secure.

Speaking of upcoming projects, I'm in the very early stages of talking with Lili of L’Echeveau Solidaire about contributing to the project next autumn. If you're unfamiliar with her project, I encourage you to check it out - you can find the website HERE.  I know that we are dealing with an issue far less detrimental, but I can certainly empathize with her as we work through Trichotillomania with Mae.  Plus, kudos to her for doing so much to raise funds and awareness!

So, more to come about the dreaded 400 stitch new design (!!) and a product review that is waiting in the wings.

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