Use the cable cast on for a strong, stretchy edge making it perfect for top-down socks and other rib stitches. Try using a thicker yarn to make a decorative edging. The cable cast on is also useful for adding stitches on mid-pattern.
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Written instructions with photos
The first two stitches of the cable cast on are the same as the knit cast on.
- Place slip knot on the needle in your left hand, this counts as the first stitch.
- Insert the right needle in the slip knot loop from front to back.
- Wrap the working end of the yarn under and then over the right needle (this is called a yarn over).
- Pull the right needle and yarn through the loop on the left needle.
- Pull the right needle to make the new loop a bit bigger and slip it onto the left needle to make the second stitch.
- Give the working end of the yarn a tug if the new stitch is too loose.
Insert the right needle in between the first and second stitches from front to back.
Yarn over the right needle.
Pull the right needle and yarn through the space between the two stitches on the left needle.
Pull the right needle to make the new loop a bit bigger and slip it onto the left needle to make the second stitch.
Now there are 3 stitches cast on, continue making more stitches in the same way as the last stitch.
Insert right needle from front to back in between the last 2 stitches on the left needle.
Yarn over right needle.
Pull yarn over through.
Place loop from right needle onto left needle.
Now you know how to make the cable cast on!
It’s quite pretty.
Here are some supplies you may find useful.
Happy stitching my friends.