Provisional Cast-On Using a Crochet Hook

Provisional cast-ons are important in knitting, especially when knitting toe-up socks. Here is an alternative to picking up stitches from a crochet chain, by creating stitches directly on the needle.

The Knitter’s Pride tools I use in this video are Symfonie Dreams Crochet Hooks, and Symfonie Dreamz Double-Pointed Needles from Knitter’s Pride Sock Needle Set.

You can find more information about Knitter’s Pride Symfonie Dreamz needles and hooks, as well as a retailer using these links:
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The yarn I use for demonstration is Berroco Vintage.

My silver ring is actually a knitting needle gauge, and can be found here.

The nail polish I’m wearing is by Julep, and isn’t actually a color, but I like the way it looks. It’s a nail treatment, called Oxygen Nail Treatment. It seems to help my nails grow, and prevents chipping and peeling.

8 comments on “Provisional Cast-On Using a Crochet Hook

  1. I can’t wait to try the provisional cast on. It looks so much easier than what I have been doing. Thank you so much.

  2. Thank you! Picking up those stitches from the spine of the crochet chain has always been the hardest part of knitting a sock for me. This is genius.

  3. Started a project that called for a provisional cast on just as this video came out. So. Much. Easier. :o) Thank you!! Being able to knit the first row right on the needles instead of having to pick up stitches through the “spine”….Awesomeness!!

  4. I’m really excited to try this technique. I have lived these dishcloths even since I saw them in your knitted version.

  5. Excellent video, as usual.
    I have a question. I just purchased a pattern that calls for a crochet provisional cast on and then it gives me a “set-up” row before I begin the pattern. Would I still need to knit the first row and then knit the “set-up” row??

  6. Trish – that depends…does the pattern expect you to work this provoco this way (the way I demonstrate in the video) or the other way (to pick up stitches from the crochet chain)? If they expect you to do it the second way, you’ll want to work a WS row before the setup row. Regardless, just treat the setup row as you would any Row 1.

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  7. Today is Thanksgiving and I am thankful for you and your videos. You are a life saver. I always learn something new. Give your cute doggies a hug for me.

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