Provisional cast on

I'm putting together a scarf for myself (based on a Saxon Braid design I found in a book) and I'm thinking about putting tapered ends on it. However, I don't really feel like figuring out the numbers for the tapered bits at present, so I thought of doing a provisional crochet cast on and coming back to it later, once I have the body of the scarf done, so I can figure out excatly what I need. I'm wondering if that would be odd though, picking up a provisional cast on and knitting back in the reverse direction. Are there any difficulties, does it give some odd looking join or anything?


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I do believe that is exactly what a provisional cast on is for.  Video on it here, again from Knitting Help.

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Chris, that method looks WAY simpler than the provisional crochet cast on I know. Thankee!



I've cast on and knit one row with this tutorial

But I'll have to wait until after work to see how well it works.



You can do that if you wish, but I think the easier thing to do would be to go ahead and begin with 1 st. cast on.  Knit into the front and back of that stitch. Turn. Knit 1, K front and back f next stitch. (3 sts.) Turn. K2, K fb. (4sts.) etc.  This will give you a perfectly tapered end (triangular, of course,) and there's no math involved.  You keep increasing until you get the width you want then full-speed ahead until you get to the other end. 

Then, you'll decrease: Knit across last row, knit last two sts. together.  Repeat this until you end up with two sts. left and knit them together and tie off.  This way you'll have a perfectly proportional geometric shape and with your pattern you described, you could put a fun tassle on each end of your points.

Anyway, that's what I would do rather than the P. CO.  Life's short enough without adding provisionals on more than you absolutely have to.   If you want the tapered ends to be more elongated then you can knit a row in between your increase rows.  If you want it stubbier, increase at the beginning and end of each row.  Simplicity itself!

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I'm planning to carry at least part of the lattice/cable pattern I'm using into the points at the ends, hence some math. And I need to be able to get a few repeats in before I'm comfortable enough with the pattern to figure out excatl what I'm going to do.