2-3 class hours

The foundation loops of knit fabric, cast-on stitches are fixed in size and shape. But wouldn’t be nice if they weren’t? What if we could reactivate them, work down in the other direction smoothly with no perceptible change in the fabric? Temporary (aka provisional) cast-ons give knitters this flexibility, making all sorts of constructions and border treatments possible. In class you will sample four different temporary cast-ons, learn how to reactivate the cast-on edge “stitches,” and work down from your live loops.

Know Before You Show

Must be comfortable holding a crochet hook and making a crochet chain, know how to pick up stitches, and execute a long-tail cast-on.


#4 (worsted) yarn, 20-30 yds in solid light or bright color plus small amounts waste yarn in same weight but different color(s)
set of 5 double-pointed needles in size appropriate to yarn
H/5.0mm crochet hook
Stitch holder for homework swatch


With waste yarn, cast on 14 sts. Beginning with a purl row, work 5 rows in stockinette stitch. Cut waste yarn, leaving short tail. Leaving 4-6˝ tail, join main yarn; beginning with a knit row, work in stockinette stitch for 10 rows. Leaving 18˝ tail, cut yarn; place stitches on the holder.

Temporary Cast-Ons class