Provisional Caston

This cast on method is used when you want to leave stitches active so that you can work them later. It's genius for doing things like lined cuffs, or joining fabrics together. 

If you've never done this cast on method before, it's a good idea to practice once or twice (as with any new project). 


  • Waste yarn
  • Crochet hook
  • Working yarn (whatever your pattern calls for)
  • Knitting needles (whatever your pattern calls for)

To start out you'll want to make a crochet chain that is a few stitches more than what your pattern calls for it's cast on amount. My pattern calls for 110 stitches, so I made my chain 120 stitches long. Why? Sometimes while you're casting on the working yarn the chain starts to get tight and it's hard to find where the crochet bumps are, so I like to skip a few here and there. Since I always chain together at least 10 more than needed, I can do this without running out of crochet loops. 

When your chain is done, look for the crochet bumps side. The opposite side will sort of look like knitted v's. Locate the first bump and insert your knitting needle into it. Throw your working yarn over the needle and knit through the crochet bump. Continue knitting into the consecutive crochet bumps until you have the desired amount of knit stitches cast on. 

Turn your work (in my video I would turn and join in the round, careful not to twist my stitches) and start knitting normally. When you're read to, you'll insert a knitting needle into the active stitches and then rip out the crochet chain. Make one cut in the last stitch on the chain (careful not to cut out any of the knit stitches) and then pull away! It comes out magically. 

Continue knitting with the active stitches according to your pattern!