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#1 of 8 Old 06-02-2004, 02:18 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I have some secondhand yarn I bought a couple of years ago that I finally decided to do something with--having this new circular knitting needle and all... In the bag is the project begun by the original owner, one piece of which is a long strip of several rows of double crochet. This piece just happens to be the same length as my circular knitting needles, so I threaded it on, tied the end of the new ball of yarn to the corner and started knitting. I'm on my second row after maybe an hour of knitting. I will have to stitch the ends of the crocheted bit together, but the rest is coming together nicely.

Why have I never seen the suggestion of doing a chain of the appropriate length, threading that onto the needle (straight or circular) and continuing on with knitting? Seems to me that that would make a nice edge, and the stitches would be stable for a first row.

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That does sound interesting. I've finished edges with crocheting, but I haven't started anything with it.

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Oh man, tell me that works and I will MARRY YOU!

I hate hate hate casting on. I would seriously KISS YOU.
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I haven't done a chain yet, but the piece I'm knitting in the round after threading it onto the circulars is going very well. I don't see how starting from just a chain would be any different. You just have to be careful to go through every loop the exact same way.

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That's actually a method of casting on for when you want to be able to get at the live stitches later on. It's called a provisional cast on
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T but i just read on your website that you are moving (or you may have already done so)

please say its closer to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i'd love to meet the master soaker!!!
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I've done that, when I want the edges to be neater than they would be if I used my typical cast-on. I find that it's much easier to cast on to a row of single crochet if I want it pretty than to do the crochet at the end. I had no idea that it had a name, though; I always called it a "cheater cast" because it looks really nice but it's really easy. :LOL

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Why is it called Provisional? Makes it sound like it's temporary.

Glad to hear I'm not to first to think of something so simple.

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