I hate crochet. I never really had the patience to learn how to do it well so my chains are eneven at best. So whenever a pattern says provisional cast-on I cringe and often put off starting.
Recently in Bendigo the lovely and talented Helen aka Bells mentioned the use of a version of longtail with two threads as an alternative to provisonal. So I went hunting for some alternatives.
I found these for those that share my irrational hatred.
Rosemary-go-round Using a crochet hook and a knitting needle.
An alternative as well as the standard method are described here. Using knitting a series rows courtesy of Techknitting.
The technique described by Bells (courtesy Knit and Tonic)
I love when a fellow knitter suggests an alternative.