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I am not new to knitting, but I have never knitted a lace shawl. I found a free shawl pattern on http://www Ravelry.com that is beautiful. Mindly Wilkes designed the shawlette and used sock yarn to knit.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holden-shawlette

I wrote to Mindy because I didn't understand the cast on. She sent me two links to help explain the cast on. I still don't understand the instructions. Would someone that is experienced take a look at the pattern and links sent and give me some insight. I looked all over YouTube but they didn't have this particular cast on for Lace.
Below are the links that Mindy Wilkes sent me for another explanation.
http://knittingkninja.com/2010/06/13/on-designing-a-lace-triangle-iii-cast-on/

http://orangeflowerpatterns.blogspot.com/2011/02/garter-tab.html

Mindy recommended the shawl for beginners, but I never saw a cast on with so many rows.

Thank you,
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(((((((( I crew your link up and noted this and copied it over:

^^^^^^^^ Cast on, using a provisional cast on, ******or your favored method ******, the number of stitches you’ll be using for your garter edge. For the sake of this tutorial, I used three stitches, and a cabled cast on, which is my favorite cast on. ^^^^^^^^^

So, I'd use my fav cast on method. Mine happens to be the knit and sometimes I use the long tail method.

Provisional cast on videos on this link; You choose: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=provisional+cast+on+youtube&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=46c434222b5f0e70

Donna Rae
Brandon, Iowa )))))))))

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YarnLady said:
I am not new to knitting, but I have never knitted a lace shawl. I found a free shawl pattern on http://www Ravelry.com that is beautiful. Mindly Wilkes designed the shawlette and used sock yarn to knit.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/holden-shawlette

I wrote to Mindy because I didn't understand the cast on. She sent me two links to help explain the cast on. I still don't understand the instructions. Would someone that is experienced take a look at the pattern and links sent and give me some insight. I looked all over YouTube but they didn't have this particular cast on for Lace.
Below are the links that Mindy Wilkes sent me for another explanation.
http://knittingkninja.com/2010/06/13/on-designing-a-lace-triangle-iii-cast-on/

http://orangeflowerpatterns.blogspot.com/2011/02/garter-tab.html

Mindy recommended the shawl for beginners, but I never saw a cast on with so many rows.

Thank you,
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Thank you, Donna, for your help. However, can you explain these three lines to me. Sometimes, I think I am a slow learner when it comes to understanding patterns.

Knit 6 rows and do not turn the work after the last row. Turn the work 90 degrees clockwise. Pick up and knit 3 stitches in the garter ridges on the edge of the piece (6 sts). Turn the work 90 degrees clockwise. Pick up and knit 3 stitches in the cast on edge (9 sts).

Please have patience....I just don't understand what this means.
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at the links I sent.

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]Thank you, Donna, for your help. However, can you explain these three lines to me. Sometimes, I think I am a slow learner when it comes to understanding patterns. ((((((( Ill try and you're welcome!! ))))))))))))

Knit 6 rows and do not turn the work after the last row. (((((( Your work is now sitting parallel to your lap - last stitch on the left for right handers = 9:00 on the clock face position)))))))))))

Turn the work 90 degrees clockwise. (((((((((( Turn your work clockwise to the 12:00 position on a clock face - needle tip is now up there )))))))

Pick up and knit 3 stitches in the garter ridges on the edge of the piece (6 sts). ((((((((( With left needle or free needle, pick up these three stitches and knit them - you have INCREASED three stitcches and now have six )))))))))))))

Turn the work 90 degrees clockwise. ((((((((( Your needles are now back to the 9:00 position after the above; turn the work to the 12:00 position AGAIN )))))))

Pick up and knit 3 stitches in the cast on edge (9 sts). (((((( Yes, pick up three more and kit those - now you have nine. ))))))))))))

Please have patience....I just don't understand what this means. (((((((((((( Hey, I'm a mother and a soldier who has dealt with TYPE A personalities and drill sergeants!! I can handle you! LOL!! I THINK I know what's going on! LOL!! OMG, this is interesting!! ))))))))))

Thank you very much for taking the time to look at the links I sent. ((((((((( You're welcome, Sweetie. Let me know if this was of any help of if I messed up your kitting! LOL!!

If you want to be my knit buddy, send me a private message! @@ Donna Rae ))))))))

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First, the provisional cast-on.

The easiest provisional CO is simply a crocheted chain st. I would ch about six sts so it's easier to work with. Be sure to finish off and cut yarn. Now, turn the chain over so the bumps are up. Insert the knitting needle tip in about the 2nd bump from either end. Pick up a st. Do the same thing in the next 2 chains. These are your provisional CO sts.

K 6 rows: I would slip as if to K the 1st stitch of each row. This will give you a nice bump on the edge to pick up sts in. You should have 3 on each side.

Look at your knitting. See the bumps under the tip of the Right Hand needle? Using the SAME needle (Right Hand Needle), pick up a st in each of those bumps. Now, the slightly tricky part. Take the Left Hand needle and insert it into the 3 Cast On sts (the ones picked up on the chain). After you have them on the LH needle (with the LH point facing the RH point), remove the crochet chain. Now K those 3 sts. Then pick up sts in the 3 bumps on the remaining side of the work. You will now be knitting using those 9 sts. When finished, they will form a curve, usually at a neckline.
 

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Thank you for replying, Stitch Designer. This is another easy way to do the cast on. Doing provisional cast ons is very new to me, and I appreciate you telling me that a crochet stitch could be used.

Kind regards,
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I found your second link to be far more helpful. If you click on each picture, you'll get a new window that is much enlarged. I would suggest you do that and do exactly what the script says to do, getting a product that looked exactly like the picture before closing that window and moving on to the next picture.

This is a new technique to me, too, and I've been knitting for nearly 70 years, off and on.
 

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Marilyn,

Thank you for replying to my email. Casting on in this manner must be just for triangular lace shawls. I never had to use this type of cast on for anything else I have knitted. I have knitted several rectangular Prayer Shawls and the patterns were not difficult to understand.

Every day I learn something new as I read the notes in this forum. Thank you for your insight.

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You are awesome in explaining directions! This was even helpful to me! I'd like to put you on my buddy list if that's okay.
 

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YarnLady,

The chain st provisional cast on can be used anywhere you will be picking up cast on sts, even some sweater hems and retangular scarves.
 
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