Provisional Crochet Cast-On Without a Hook!

Here is a neat little trick for those who cannot find their crochet hook or don’t own one. This cast-on can be done with your finger serving as the “hook”.

There is a nice tutorial on the regular way of working this cast-on at Knitting at Knoon Designs (Chris is a designer on some of the other lists for designers that I belong to). I don’t like to re-invent the wheel so check out her instructions and video, and if you don’t own a crochet hook simply use your finger. I actually, after getting the hang of it, liked working it better without the hook! But I am not a crocheter, so that may be why. Just take care not to pull the “stitch” too tight. The purpose of the hook is to make the “stitches” of  a uniform gauge or size. You don’t want to make it difficult to work your first row, or to remove the provisional cast on when it comes time to take it out so you can knit in the other direction or attach an edging while working it.  Don’t strangle the yarn or stitch and you should be okay.

Peace and Knitting, JoLene Treace

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