I give up

I understand how to do the provisional cast on but i just can’t get it right. I really wanted to make the Bad JUJU doll but i can’t get the cast on. It gets all twisted and then i can’t figure out how many stitches I’ve got. It’s a mess. I give up.
Unless… CAN ANYONE HELP ME!!!:waah:

psquidy, why don’t you try another provisional cast on version like the one on the Knitting at Knoon web site. Other people have had trouble with the version shown here.

There are a few ways to do provisional cast on so if one is
not working out definitely go for another! :slight_smile: One that is
quite easy to figure out is using the crochet provisional
cast on. Take waste yarn and crochet a chain longer than
the number of sts you need to start knitting. Then take
your working yarn and pick up (pick up and knit) the number
of sts required by inserting the needle through the little
"bump" on the side of the crochet chain. When it comes time
to take out the provisional cast on you can just unzip the
crochet chain and put the resulting live sts on your needle
and you are ready to go. :slight_smile: This is probably better explained
by someone else and I know there are several websites with
step by step pics if you just google provisional cast on :slight_smile:

Try this one.

[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]Wow…thanks for that link…that looks so much easier than trying to pick up those stitches through the back loop of the crocheted chain ! [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]
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[FONT=Comic Sans MS][SIZE=3][COLOR=darkorchid]Once those stitches (in waste yarn) are on the needle, do you just start knitting with your real working yarn?[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

I justed watched Amy’s video, and even though I have not tried this cast on method yet, it does look a little complicated. I can see why your yarns can get tangled up. I really do like her demonstration of using the cable portion of a cable needle though, because you can just start knitting with that cable needle once you are ready and don’t need to feed any live stitches. Also, the cable needle method looks a little easier and less likely to tangle with the yarn. -Ve

Once those stitches (in waste yarn) are on the needle, do you just start knitting with your real working yarn?

I would also be interested in this answer-- I tried this technique this past weekend many many times but always got confused once I started knitting-- Not sure how to start knitting, I guess :?? because of the different cast on I wasn’t sure how to begin :shrug:

Once your waste yarn is in place, you start knitting with your real yarn.

Ingrid-- thanks for the info- but how come it seems so easy to pull out the stitches since they aren’t knitted in, KWIM?

If the stars are aligned properly, you zip those stitches out and leave live stitches to knit the other way.

However, there are many times you have to do a little snipping to get them out. They are knitted in to the main yarn.

The rest is magic.:teehee:

Thanks Ingrid-- I thought I was doing something wrong! I can’t wait to try again.