How to Do a Cabled Cast-On in Knitting

Learn how to do a cabled cast-on in this knitting tutorial from Howcast.

I’m now going to show you my favorite cast on, which is the cabled cast on, and it’s a great one for beginners.

For this cast on, you will need to start with a slip knot, but not much of a long tail. You can make you slip knot anywhere at the end of your yarn you want, and for this cast on, you’re actually going to put the slip knot and needle in your left hand. That’s because the cabled cast on is mostly the knit stitch. So what I mean by that is , you will actually be knitting into your first stitch, so knit into it just like normal.

Make sure not to use your tail to knit with, but to use the yarn that’s attached to the ball, wrap around the back, pull up a new loop and now you’re going to put that loop directly on to the left-hand needle. Now you have 2 stitches where before you had one.

From here on out, you’re going to knit between the stitches. So, stick your needle between stitch one and two, wrap your yarn around, pull a new loop up from between those stitches, pull it out a little bit, and slide it directly on to the left-hand needle. tighten but don’t overly tighten.

Now, one of the characteristics of stitches that are made with this method is that the most recent stitch tends to want to lay back on the guy right next to him. Don’t be alarmed, it’s natural and the way it’s supposed to happen. Just edge them apart. Stick your left-hand needle between one and two, pull up a new loop, and put a new number one directly onto the needle.

So, that’s the cabled cast-on, which means making loops from in between stitches. However, there is something called the knitted-on cast-on, which is almost the same except instead of going in between the stitches, you’re actually going to knit right into the most recent stitch that you’ve made.

Pull up a loop from the old loop and slide it directly on, which feels even more like the knit stitch. Makes it great for beginners you don’t have to learn too much of a different cast on. Feels just like the knit stitch, and there you have it. The cabled cast-on and the knitted-on cast on.