I cast on for a new shawl yesterday, the pattern is Semele, by Åsa Tricosa.
It starts with a very simple winding provisional cast-on. You toe-up sock people will probably recognize it as a Turkish cast-on, but used for flat knitting instead of making a pocket. Never having done a Turkish cast-on, this was totally new to me.
It was amazingly simple! No waste yarn, no complicated manipulation of the yarn or needles. The biggest key was using a much smaller needle for the second needle. For the shawl, it didn’t really matter much because of the lace pattern. But I also did a swatch in stockinette. The first time I used a US8/5mm needle as the main needle, and a US6/4mm needle as the second needle. The loops of the provisional cast-on were still a little too big, so I tried a new swatch using US3/3.25mm for the second needle. Here’s the result – the pin marks the provisional cast-on row.
It looks great – and there’s no issue with being short one stitch as with other provisional cast-on methods. This probably explains why Cookie doesn’t have that problem. And I just thought she was magical.