Cable CastOn

The cable cast-on is performed like the knit cast-on, except the needle is inserted between two stitches before the loop is pulled up. It produces an attractive, ropelike edge on both sides of the knitting. However, it is not as elastic as the knit cast-on, and so it is good for buttonholes and non-ribbed edgings. You should use a different cast-on if you require a flexible edge.

1 Perform steps 1-4 of the knit cast-on. You should have 2 stitches on your needle—the slipknot and 1 new stitch.

2 Insert the right needle between the 2 stitches, and not into their loops. Wrap the working yarn around the tip of the right needle and pull up a loop, as you would when knitting a stitch.

3 Leaving the 2 initial stitches on the needle, use the right needle to place the pulled-up loop on the left needle.

4 Repeat steps 2-3, placing each new stitch above the previously cast-on stitch until you have the desired number of stitches on the left needle.

A Very Elastic Edge

Even highly elastic cast-ons can be too tight for some projects, like sock or mitten cuffs. When casting on for something that requires a very resilient edge, try this: Cast onto needles a size or two larger than the size that you should use for the project; then, when you begin knitting, switch to the correct size.

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