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The invisible provisional cast on uses waste yarn as a lifeline through the bottom loops of cast on stitches.

How To

Western Method

Cast On

  1. Holding the waste yarn and project yarn together, create a slip knot and place it on the right hand needle. The slip knot does not count as a cast on stitch.
  2. Hold the needle and the slip knot in your right hand and the two strands of yarn together in the middle, ring, and little fingers of your left hand.
    Insert your left thumb and index finger between the strands so that the project yarn is above your index finger and the waste yarn is below your thumb. Spread your fingers apart and turn your hand outward to wrap the waste yarn around your fingers. This is the starting position.
  3. Bring the needle towards your body, under the strand of waste yarn, and in between the two strands in your left hand. Bring the needle over and behind the project yarn strand and then underneath both strands to return to the starting position. This casts on a stitch that looks like a knit stitch.
  4. Move the needle away from you, behind and under the project yarn, and then up between the two strands to return to the starting position. This casts on a stitch that looks like a yarnover.
  5. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have the required number of stitches.
  6. If you ended with Step 4, the project yarn will be unanchored when working the first row. After turning the work, twist the waste yarn around the project yarn. Move the waste yarn forward from the left of the project yarn, in front of the project yarn, and around the right of the project yarn.
  7. Hold the waste yarn in the left fingers while working the first stitches.
    If you ended with Step 5, hold the waste yarn in the left fingers while working the first stitches.
  8. Once the first row is completed, drop the slip knot from the needles.
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Pick Up Stitches From Cast On

  1. Hold the cast on edge with the right side facing so that the side with the slip knot is to the left.
  2. Pick up the first stitch and odd-numbered stitches thereafter by inserting the needle from front to back through the stitch held by the waste yarn.
  3. Pick up even stitches by inserting the needle from back to front through the stitch held by the waste yarn.
  4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 until all stitches are picked up from the waste yarn.
  5. Undo the slip knot and pull the opposite end of the waste yarn to remove the waste yarn from the picked up stitches.