How to cast on from provisional chain

In this DROPS video we show how to cast on stitches from a provisional chain.

This method of crochet chains at the bottom of your work let you create live loops that can be picked up afterward and be worked down, e.g. cuffs, lace borders etc.

Use a crochet hook and crochet sts upon a needle. Start with a slip knot. After required sts are on the needle, don't pass the last loop onto the needle but chain a couple of extra sts and then pull loop a bit long through last stitch. This is the thread you will pull later to unzip the crochet sts.

You must read the pattern to be able to follow. You’ll find patterns where you can use this technique by clicking on the pictures below.

The video above can be used in the following patterns

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Comments (14)

Nolwenn2B 22.11.2017 - 09:13:

Merci beaucoup pour la démonstration de cette technique si pratique, et maintenant si facile! Toutes vos vidéos sont extrêmement utiles et parfaitement conçues.

Ilona 21.07.2015 - 23:22:

Dankeschön, das war sehr hilfreich! :-)) Ich habe nicht gewusst dass es so eine gute Hilfe gibt, klasse.

Palacios 23.05.2015 - 11:35:

J'avais beau connaître la méthode, j'avais oublié comment faire et avec vos vidéos d'une grande simplicité et sans bla-bla tout devient facile. Merci.

Armelle Le Coustumer 10.05.2015 - 09:50:

Tellement astucieux ! Merci !

Angelika 25.01.2015 - 16:47:

Die Tipps sind immer wieder super. Vielen Dank dafür und überhaupt für die tollen Seiten und Modelle.

Heike 28.11.2014 - 06:13:

Super und hilfreich!!!!

Fevrier 03.05.2014 - 19:34:

Bonne explication, facile

Rianas 13.11.2013 - 13:40:

It really helped me! thanks :)

Sophie 12.11.2013 - 03:50:


Preety 29.10.2013 - 05:39:

Very helpful...

Jane Rodman 28.06.2013 - 22:21:

This was amazing. I just found your site and will definitely be a return visitor!

Syria Low 21.01.2012 - 15:54:

Oh, this is way easier! I wish I had seen this video a lot earlier when I had a project that called for this stitch; it would have helped me a lot. I am saving a tab on my computer to your helpful videos for future reference. Thanks again!

Wivianne 06.06.2011 - 10:22:

Jättelistigt - och snyggt!

Eleanor Nani 01.09.2010 - 13:04:

Cast on chain provisional and grafting excellent

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