Help with provisional cast-on?

I am having so much trouble with the provisional cast-on. I have watched the video on this site dozens of times, on different occasions. I have also consulted the instructions in Vogue Knitting. But I can’t seem to get it. I always end up with a twisted mess.

Today, I sort of understood what was supposed to happen–I had a little section that looked ok, but then I had a few “stitches” that were wrong. I guess I lost concentration and went over instead of under (or something). My project calls for casting on 150 stitches–I don’t know how I will manage it.

Does anyone have any insight? Tricks? Tips? Commiseration?

Thanks!

bel

For that many sts, probably the easiest would be to use some other yarn, cast on normally and knit a row, then begin working the pattern with your regular yarn. To take off the CO just cut it and unravel the row as you put the sts on your needles.

I use this one, never could get the hang of the one here.
http://www.knittingatnoon.com/provisional.html

Sue, I had never heard of that method. I like it and will definitely keep it in mind! First, I will try Jan’s suggestion. I have done a few stitches of that method and it seems really doable.

Thanks so much! Once I get this project done, I might try toe-up socks!

bel

Love this video for doing PCO.
I use a similar weight yarn.

//youtu.be/R3J-sUx_whE

Another option - making a crochet chain and picking up stitches off it.