13 comments on “Cable Cast-On

  1. I just wanted to give you a great big THANK YOU, I love the video tutorials you do, they are the best out there on the web. I’m pretty new to knitting and am a visual person and these help so much. I have found that knitters are just the most generous, happy and wonderful people out there. Oh and what color do you use on your nails, it’s beautiful too?

  2. Hi Kathi – thanks for the note! I’m glad the videos are helping.

    The nail polish I’m wearing in this video is just from the drugstore…it’s Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, in “Plum’s the Word”.

    S t a c i

  3. Hi Staci,

    I’m now starting on a scarf with a cable pattern, do I have to use this kind of cast on? Or do you only have to use this type of cast on if the pattern says you do.
    I got a free pattern on ravely.com, it’s the “Irish Hiking Scarf”, and it only says cast on… stitches, but not the type of cast on.

    Thanks again! 🙂


  4. Hi Lara – no, no need to do this cast on unless the pattern calls for it. This cast on is called “cable CO”, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with cables.
    S t a c i

  5. Like Sheryl, I’d also like to know if there is a corresponding “cable bind off” or similar bind off by another name. I like the edge, and am about to start a scarf. I’d like to use the Cable CO if there’s something I can use for the other end!


  6. Jan – I’d recommend the sewn bind-off for the closest match:

    But…I was talking with a gal at my local yarn shop yesterday, and she mentioned a sewn BO different from this one, that leaves an edge that I’m picturing to be like the cable CO. She promised to email me with more details, because she’d like to see a video on it (and so I can learn it, too!). Once she does, there will be a video!

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  7. Hi Staci,
    Just wanted to thank you for your sock tutorial. Would love to buy the pattern but I don’t have Paypal. (You know? It’s hard to type with a Boston Terrier in your lap!) I so appreciate your very easy to follow instructions on all your tutorials!
    Thank you so much!

  8. Thank you for the Cable Cast On tutorial! Your instructional videos are the very best available. I am more confident about learning new techniques than I ever have been and I learned as a child. Fortunately or unfortunately my Mom was always there to help me with finishing and advanced techniques. Your tutorials are taking me to a new knitting level.

  9. Thank you for the video of Cable Cast On. I have this technique in a book but they don’t show how to place the stitch on the needle, so thank you for showing that clearly. My book also says there is a purl version of the cable cast on, inserting the needle from back to front instead of front to back. I’m starting the “Braid Cable Reversible Hiking Scarf” which calls for “Cable cast on 58 stitches in set up row pattern”…the setup rows establishing the knit/purl ribbing. Does this mean that when I execute the Cable Cast on, I alternate from the Knit technique that you show (for the knit stitches) and the Purl technique which was illustrated in my book (for the purl stitches) as the pattern sets forth in the setup row? Do you offer a video or lesson on the Purl cable cast on? or a video that shows the Knit cable cast on and the Purl cable cast on used together?

  10. Hi! I am working on a scarf and I used the alternate cable cast on for a 1×1 rib – is there a corresponding bind off that will look the same? Thank you!

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