Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thank you!

I just wanted to say thank you for your input on my knitterly moral dilemma. I am going to search my stash for suitable black Fetching yarn, I seem to remember some leftover Aurora8 after I finished Mr. Batty's hat. If there isn't enough, or if I really can't find it... I'm getting a ball of black Lamb's Pride Superwash. I think it's my new favorite superwash worsted weight. Lovely stuff.

And... to follow up a question with a question: When you undo a provisional caston, which side do you start on? The side with the knot, which is essentially the beginning of a long-tail caston, or the side with the leftover yarn and the working yarn? I know I've done this successfully in the past, but the last time around, I fouled it up. I don't want to frog again!


Barb said...

Start at the leftover-yarn end (the "working" end). If you imagine a crochet chain, that's side you'd pull on to unzip the chain.

Have you tried Lucy Neatby's crochet-over-the-needle provisional cast-on? (Maybe it's not hers exclusively, but I learned it from her "Cool Socks, Warm Feet.") We loves it over here. It's a lot easier to end up with the correct number of stitches, since you end it by chaining five or six extra stitches to leave as a "tail." If you need a couple, there they are. If you have too many,'re leaving a tail anyway. And it's easy to remember which side to tug on to remove it.

Trillian42 said...

I always do a crochet cast-on when I do a provisional, and I tie a few knots in the end that will pull the chain free so that I know which way to undo it.

turtlegirl76 said...

I do what Pam does, but instead of knots, I just add a few chain stitches to that end, then I know exactly which end to pull out.

Pam said...

Hi Batty! I finally remembered my Blogspot log-in, and now I can leave comments on your blog, the way you are leaving comments on mine. Thanks for the comments, by the way.

I agree with everything Barb said, and Barb, Lucy Neatby doesn't have an exclusive on it.

The point to remember about provisional cast-ons is that you are going to unzip it, so the end with the leftover yarn is going to be where you start unzipping.