I tried to start yet another doomed lace shawl, but this one was the variety where you cast on 3 stitches using an invisible cast-on, knit 14 rows, then pick up and knit 7 sts along the garter ridges, then pick up the 3 provisional stitches.
1) Is there some secret I am missing with provisional cast-ons? I wind up cutting out the waste yarn with tiny scissors like I'm performing surgery, they just NEVER undo for me.
2) I can never find the correct amount of ridges. This one in particular was 14 rows, pick up 7 sts at the ridges, and I know in my head there should indeed be 7 garter ridges to pick up, but I can only find 6. Is one hiding close to the needle or close to the provisional cast-on?