Cabled Cast On


I have a love/hate relationship with the cabled cast on. It has some great qualities like it’s fairly attractive, and it creates a firm edge that doesn’t stretch out of shape, and it’s a single tail cast on so you can use it everywhere… But I just do not like working it. I find it to be time consuming and not rhythmic, and if I need to do it, there will usually be whining involved. It’s a good cast on, though, so sometimes I just have to suck it up and do it.


The edge it creates is firm and sturdy. It’s not totally rigid, but it doesn’t have a lot of give. I find it to be a little on the bulky side for a cast on edge that stitches will later be picked up from, but this is my go-to cast on for exposed edges that have to be cast on mid-row, like on the neck of my mint green sweater.


Cast on from the end of the row, this method creates a wrap around the edge stitch, preventing the loose stitch problem that the previous methods had. Depending on the gauge, this can create a bit of a hole, but it’s not always noticeable.





4 responses to “Cabled Cast On”

  1. I just have to ask – do you keep all the swatches you make for your series? I know you have them all logged on your blog, but do you just rip out the stitches and use the same yarn, or do you keep them neatly filed in a book somewhere, just in case the power goes out? ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I have a “swatch box” that I keep by my desk and I just throw them in there. I hadn’t really thought about what I’m doing with them. A lot of the older swatches got lost before I started having a designated place to put swatches.

      1. That’s a great idea, especially when trying a new technique or stitch pattern. If I could only uncover my desk amid the toys, I think I’ll add a box on there just for that! Great idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  2. I like all of your mini series, although a lot of it goes over my head since I’m not experienced enough. ๐Ÿ™‚ have you considered putting cast on and cast off recommendations on your patterns? It could help newbie knitters get an even better result! ๐Ÿ™‚

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