Question: Shawl Starting

I bought some yarn from and was wanting to do the Luna Moth Shawl. I'm having a little trouble getting started.

Could someone try to explain what this means.

"With contrast color yarn chain 6 with a crochet hook. with shawl yarn pick up and knit 3 sts in the bumps on the back side of the center 3 chains-2 sts. Knit 18 rows. Next row, k3, pick up and knit 1 st in each of the 9 garter ridges along selvedge edge of piece. unzip scrap yarn chain to expose 2 sts at base of piece, place these 3 sts onto left needle, k3."

Maybe if I understood what I was trying to accomplish I would understand the directions better. Is there a name for this type of cast on???



GreatScottKCMO's picture

These instructions are describing a form of provisional cast-on using a crocheted chain. This cast-on method allows the knitter to remove the cast-on row and pick up the stitches it leaves behind.

Here is a link to a pretty good tutorial with pictures on how to accomplish this cast-on method.

I hope this helps,


chipsir's picture

after doing the provisional cast on and you have knit your 19 rows,go down left side of work picking up 1 st in each ridge bump. undo the chain to expose three not two sts sts and knit these, you will now have 15 sts on your needle. Basically what you have done is knit a tab to start your shawl on.

MMario's picture

You are using a provisional cast on (they specify one type - but as long as you can undo it and pick up the stitches you can use any kind of provisional cast on)

You then knit a garter stitch rectangle. At the end of which you knit across the working end, pick up stitches along the edge of the rectangle, then pick up stitches along the cast on edge.

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