Judy’s Magic CO is a great provisional cast on method because:
- The second set of stitches is left on the needle ready to knit
- It does not require a crochet chain
- You don’t need to cut away or unravel scrap yarn
When you are instructed to PCO, it means pairs of stitches. For instance, if the pattern instructs you to PCO 12 sts, that would be 12 stitches onto EACH needle for a total of 24. You will only work the 12 stitches from one needle, leaving the other 12 on hold. When you are ready to knit the other direction, you will return to those 12 held stitches, rejoin yarn, and work seamlessly in the other direction.