How to Pick Up Stitches from the Provisional Cast On

How to Pick Up Stitches from the Provisional Cast On

It is not difficult to pick up stitches from an edge formed by the provisional cast on, but when we do it for the first time, the task could seem intimidating.

If the live stitches sit on a piece of scrap yarn, they are often uneven and some of them could even be concealed, making the whole idea of picking those stitches up quite scary. If the live stitches are held by a crochet chain, it could be puzzling to find a way to retrieve them.

In reality, the process is simple and straightforward. We move stitches from the scrap yarn to a knitting needle one by one using a few common-sense tricks that make this method easy-peasy no matter whether the provisional cast on was done with or without a crochet hook.

In this tutorial, we’ll explore both options.

No matter whether the provisional cast on was formed with or without a crochet hook, make sure you pick up the small half-stitch.

Otherwise, the number of stitches will be one stitch short. Count the picked-up stitches before you start the first row or round to avoid any unpleasant surprises.


The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #7. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (282 pages!) with this and 37 other tutorials included in the collection.

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Would you like to learn more about ways to seam knits?

If you enjoyed this tutorial,
here’s something else you might find helpful:

“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book

Discover six pairs of cast on and bind off methods that form identical edges on projects worked flat and in the round.

“Neat Side Edges” Book

Learn twelve ways to make side edges of a knitted project nice and tidy. Plus, ways to fix side edges, and a way to improve edges of finished projects.


Happy knitting!

Maryna Shevchenko - www.10rowsaday.com

How to Pick Up Stitches from the Provisional Cast On | 10 rows a day
How to Pick Up Stitches from the Provisional Cast On | 10 rows a day
How to Pick Up Stitches from the Provisional Cast On | 10 rows a day