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How to Knit The Cable Cast On

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The Cable Cast On is a technique used to draw your cast on edge in closer. It is a similar method to the Basic Knitted Cast On and creates the same type of effect. It is not used for cable knitting, but is great for keeping rib patterns from flaring at the edge.

Skill: Beginner


Step 1: Take your yarn and make a slip knot, then place it on your knitting needle. Make sure there is few inches on your tail so you can sew it in later.

Step 2: Take your other needle in your dominant hand and insert the tip of the needle into the front leg of the stitch, knitwise. Insert the needle at an angle forming an “X”.

Step 3: With your non-dominant hand hold the needles together where they intersect.

Step 4: With your dominant hand, take the yarn connected to the yarn ball and wrap if around the bottom needle.

Step 5: Pull the yarn through the slip knot with the needle, making sure to stretch the yarn as you go, creating a large loop.

Step 6: Take the loop and place it on the main needle.

Step 7: With your dominant hand, insert the knitting needle between the first and second stitches at angle, again forming an “X”.

Step 8: Wrap the yarn around the bottom needle again.

Step 9: Pull the yarn through the gap in between the two stitches on the main needle, making sure to stretch the yarn, creating a large loop.

Step 10: Take the loop and place it on the main needle.

Repeat steps 7-10 until you have cast on the number of stitches required by our pattern.

Example of the Cable Cast On

Example of the Cable Cast On




    April 4, 2013

    Thank You! You make it so easy to follow and learn a new stitch! :)