Learn How to Make a Cable Cast On [FREE Knitting Tutorial]

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Text area which says "Cast On Tutorials: Learn How to Make a Cable Cast On, learnknittingonline.com" followed by an illustration of hands inserting the the right-hand knitting needle in between two stitches on the left-hand knitting needleThe Cable Cast On is a version of the Knitted Cast On. In fact, it creates an even, cable like edge that wears well, and which is perfect for edges that need to be firm.

Just like the Knitted Cast On, you will need two needles to create this cast on. As it uses just the working yarn, it is a great cast on for adding stitches mid-project.

Furthermore, it is a good choice for adding stitches at the end of a row, or if you are doing a one-row buttonhole.

Characteristics

  • A firm, non-stretchy edge
  • A pronounced, horizontal edge

Ideal for

  • One-row buttonholes
  • Adding stitches at the ends of rows
  • Seaming
  • Picking up stitches

Step-by-Step Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial

Start by making a slip knot on the left-hand needle. Make sure to leave a yarn tail that is long enough for weaving in later.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 1: Hands slipping slip knot into a wooden knitting needle

Hold the 2nd needle in your right hand.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 2: Hands picking up right-hand needle

Knit into the slip knot, leaving the slip knot on the left-hand needle. Work this stitch a bit more loosely than normal.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 3: Hands inserting right-hand needle into the first stitch on the left knitwise.
Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 3: Hands wrapping the working yarn around the right-hand needle to knit the stitch.

Slip the new stitch back onto the right-hand needle. Make sure you slip it knitwise.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 4: Hands slipping the new stitch from the left hand needle to the right knitwise.

Insert the right-hand needle between the two stitches on the left-hand needle.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 5: Hands inserting the right-hand needle between the two stitches on the left.

Wrap the yarn around the right-hand needle as if to knit. Then pull the yarn through to make a new stitch. Make sure to work the stitches fairly loosely to facilitate inserting the needle in between the stitches.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 6: Hands wrapping the working yarn around the needle on the right as if to knit.

Slip the new stitch off the right-hand needle and onto the left-hand needle knitwise.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 7: Hands slipping the third stitch from the left to the right-hand needle.

Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have the desired number of stitches on your needle.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 8: Hands holding a knitting needle with cable cast on stitches on it.

Make sure you always insert the right-hand needle in between the last 2 stitches on the left-hand knitting needle.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 9: Hands inserting the right-hand needle in between the last two stitches from the left needle.

Ensure that you always slip the new stitch onto the left-hand needle KNITWISE.

Cable Cast On Knitting Tutorial Step 8: Hands slipping off a new stitch from the left needle knitwise.

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  1. This is how was taught to cast on many years ago gives a nice edge to your knitting

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