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Jul072008

Cable Cast On

A Cable Cast On is a good way to cast on stitches in the middle of your knitting.  Often a pattern asks you to be knitting along and then says, cast on some number of stitches. I almost always use a Cable Cast On in that situation. This example comes from our Baby Bloomers Project Journal.

First, turn the work so the wrong side (or inside) is facing you. Insert the right needle between the first and second stitch of the left needle. 

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Knit a stitch onto the right needle, just like you normally would., except do not remove anything from the left needle.

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Now there's a stitch on the right needle.

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Without twisting it, place that stitch onto the left needle.

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It looks like this:

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Repeat the steps for however many stitches you're casting on. Insert the right needle between the first and second stitches of the left needle. (The first of those stitches is the one you just cast on.)

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Here is what 10 stitches cast on look like (after turning the work so the right side is facing):

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A couple of tips: 

Cast on loosely. It gets really difficult to deal with a Cable Cast On if the stitches are too tight.

Also, make sure you keep track of how many stitches you have cast on. It can be kind of tricky to determine which is the first cast on stitch!

Reader Comments (25)

Great closeup photos of the cable cast on. Thanks!
May 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLinda
Best closeup knitting photos ever! Thanks!
October 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkaycee
Absolutely fantastic tutorial! Just saved me!!!! Your photos are amazing. Almost as good as having someone sitting with you showing you how to do it!!! Thanks
November 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
amazing photos - and this saved me on my project!
January 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBridget
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I am able to continue with my project tonite! I was stumped as my pattern directions failed to mention you need to turn your work in order to add the stitches properly and then proceed to knitting the additional stitches on the stitch holder. Just added one more technique to my beginners repetoire!
June 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDevonne
Thanks for the tutorial. This is helping a lot with the Lucha Libre pattern, from Son of Stitch and Bitch, that I started.
September 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew
Where do you go from there? How do you start knitting from that point? Do you turn and work from the inside (back)? I'm trying to knit on an edging for a shawl and I have to knit and then join the edging to the shawl with a ktog, but I don't know how to work in the correct direction. Thanks for your help. Your pictures are the best I've ever seen.
September 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeri
Very good instructions!!!!
October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Hi, I reviewed 10 other videos and tutorials before finding yours. I needed to learn to cable cast on in the middle of a row to complete my picot bind off edge. Your tutorial did the trick and I am on my way to finishing my shawl. Thank you so much for making these instructions so clear.

Beth
November 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Excellent tutorial for another beginner . .
December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGlo
Thank you! Just what I needed and so nicely photographed too. Thanks for sharing your talents. Happy new year!
December 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrances
Thank you! This is just what I needed...very clear instructions and pictures :)
December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa
Thank you for such good pictures and instructions for the cable cast on!!
February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane Brayton
Great tutorial! So clear and closeup and concise that it works as well as a video! Thanks to my sister for finding this for me! I needed it for the heel of a slipper bootie.
March 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPixie
I've got a pattern which starts with a picky edge and the very beginning if the pattern says:
*Cast on 5 stitches using cable cast on...

How would you do this without any stitches already present? Would you cast on 2 normally, then do the remaining 3 as a cable cast on?

Thanks!
July 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Hi Rachel.
Great question! If you are doing a Cable Cast On at the beginning of a project and do not already have any stitches present you begin in the same fashion as you would a Long Tail Cast On. And by that I mean, make a slip knot to create your first stitch. For Cable Cast On, however, you will put it on your left needle rather than your right. Knit into the stitch and Cable Cast on your second stitch. From here on out, you will place your needle between the two stitches closest to the needle's tip to cast on the remaining stitches. I hope this helps! -Laura
July 30, 2012 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Phew! This is sooo helpful! I am glad I clicked on the red "cable cast on". Hopefully I will be able to finish my daughter's top for Christmas!
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterI Rabideau
Thank you SO much! I looked everywhere and yours were the only instructions that I was able to follow! Now I can continue with my project!
December 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
thank you so much for the clear explainy. other sites didn't tell me to flip the work, so i was feeling quite stupid...
March 24, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfiddlewitch
Super helpful! Thanks!
May 19, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrooklynbecca
THANK YOU SO SO SO MUCH!
FINALLY I'VE FOUND THE BEST TUTORIAL IN ALL THE ENTIRE WEB!
I'VE WATCHED INFINITE VIDEOS, SEARCHED INFOS, TUTORIALS, BUT NOBODY WAS ABLE TO MAKE A CLEAR, SIMPLE, TUTORIAL LIKE YOUR! IT SEEMS SO DIFFICULT FROM OTHER 'S TUTORIAL, BUT WHEN I READ YOUR, I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING IMMEDIATLY AND NOW IS THE MOST EASY THING TO DO!

AS I ALWAYS SAID, IT'S NOT THE PERSON THAT DONT UNDERSTAND, IT'S OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO EXPLAIN AT ALL!

TO BE CLEAR IS AN ART.

THANK YOU AGAIN!
November 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVALE
Thanks for the super-clear pics! I've read 2 different books on the subject, watched several videos and had the basics for cable cast on down but still wasn't sure that I was putting the new stitches on the needle the correct way. Thanks to your tutorial (by far the best of the lot btw) I am now confident that I'm proceding as I'm supposed to be!! Thank you!!
December 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterScrappyEDRN
If I am using the crochet cast-on as a permanent cast-on (not provisional), will it start my project on the wrong or right side? For example, the long-tail method starts a project on the wrong side...thanks!
January 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMoira
Fantastic instructions for casting on in the middle of a row - I've just begun knitting with circular needles and even tho' I'd been to a local knitting/wool shop I didn't get correct instructions and my work was a mess. I had to really search a lot of sites to get this info, there were a lot of instructions for casting on, but none for doing so in the middle of a row. thank you, purlbee!
March 13, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I always did a e-loop when I had to cast on more stitches. Thanks to your tutorial, I have now casted on my sleeves with the same cast on as I did when I began the project. Thanks a million!
March 31, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki Melvin

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