Happy Friday Pomcats!

It’s been quite a start to the year here at Pom Pom HQ, what with Interpretations, our spring issue, and visits to unravel and the Hill Country Weavers retreat, we have been busy indeed! But we have one more trick up our (hand knitted) sleeves that we can’t wait to show you before spring really gets going. We are so excited and pleased to present… our brand new video tutorials!

We know that sometimes being able to watch someone else doing a technique is the easiest way to learn it, so we have teamed up with Pom Pom pal and long time collaborator Sophie Scott to make beautiful tutorial videos for your infotainment. You might even recognise Sophie’s voice from our monthly Pomcast!

Crochet Provisional Cast On from Pom Pom Quarterly on Vimeo.

Kitchener Stitch from Pom Pom Quarterly on Vimeo.

As you can see, our first two video tutorials feature a crochet provisional cast on and Kitchener stitch. Both of these techniques are used in our current issue in Striated, but these techniques can be used together, or separately in all sorts of patterns. And of course in many Pom Pom patterns.

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 16: Spring 2016

Striated uses a provisional cast on combined with kitchener stitch to finish for seamless join.

The crochet provisional cast on can be used in Suffragette, FairchildAlcomar, and the Queensland Beach Headband to name just a few!

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 15: Winter 2015 // Suffragette by Olga Buraya-Kefelian // Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk

Suffragette uses a provisional cast on to create the welts that adorn this cloche.

Kitchener stitch (AKA grafting) is used to join toe stitches in most top-down sock patterns including our Hulanicki, Fika, and Camp + Trail socks.

Pom Pom Quarterly, Issue 15: Winter 2015 // Hulanicki by Rachel Coopey // Coop Knits Socks Yeah!

Hulanicki uses kitchener stitch to join toe stitches.

But it’s also a nifty trick for seamless joins in all sorts of garments and accessories.  The floaty light Garland top uses Kitchener stitch to create an invisible join at the shoulders, as does Waterlily. Super sturdy and stylish market bag Pomelo uses kitchener stitch too! And lacy classic Turnberry has a little sneaky Kitchener stitch to join at the underarm.

Pomelo by Clare Lakewood // Pom Pom Quarterly // Summer 2015

Pomelo uses kitchener stitch for a seamless finish.

If all of these awesome patterns aren’t reason enough for you to try out these techniques we don’t know what is. We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we enjoyed making them for you (a lot!) – and we especially hope they help take your knitting to places you always wanted it to go.

Thank you again to Blue Sky Alpacas for their support and sponsorship and for providing the lovely Spud & Chloë yarn used in the videos.

x Pom Pom


  1. Judy April 22, 2016 at 7:50 pm #

    I thgouht finding this would be so arduous but it’s a breeze!

  2. Kathryn M Davies August 18, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

    tutorial on method for casting on stitches

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