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Cable Cast On Knitting Method

This Cable Cast On Knitting Method creates a really nice, super straight and firm edge for knitting. You’ll see it’s great for casting on in the middle of your work, too.

I really like the Cable Cast on for knitting projects like adult hats, because it really helps the edge not to curl up when you start with a rib stitch. It’s also really pretty and straight.

Woman's finger pointing to knitting stitches on a knitting needle in pink color yarn.

One of my favorite things about the Cable Cast On is that we’re able to start pretty close to the beginning of our yarn, so there’s no guesswork as to where to begin.

Oh, and even though it’s called a Cable Cast On, it actually has nothing to do with a cable knit stitch pattern, rather it has a corded cable look to it when casting on.

Pro-Tip! Try casting on really loosely, since it tends to go onto your needle pretty tight.

We start with our beloved Slip Knot. Our second stitch is created just like a KFB Knit Front and Back increase stitch just like this. Okay, now we’re ready for the Cable Cast On.

Place your right needle in between those first two stitches. Next, bring your yarn, wrap it around counterclockwise onto your right needle as if to knit. Catch that yarn, bring it forward and out right here. And then place it onto your LEFT needle. To continue casting on, just repeat this third stitch.

Now, also, I wanted you to know that some knitting patterns, when you are in the middle of your work, they want you to cast on additional stitches. And the Cable Cast On is perfect to cast on more stitches anytime you need to add stitches onto your needle just like this!


I hope you are inspired to use the Cable Cast On with confidence in your next knitting project. If you’d like even more great knitting ideas, please make sure you join my mailing list. Subscribing to my YouTube channel Studio Knit is another easy way for us to stay connected and help support my work for free.

Happy Knitting to You!

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