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The alternate cable cast on is a short-tail cast on that looks great with 1x1 ribbing.

How To

Western Method

  1. Make a slipknot about 5” from the end of the yarn and place it on the left needle. Cast on one stitch as follows: knit the first stitch, but leave it on the left needle.
  2. Rotate the right needle clockwise to create slack in the stitch, insert the tip of the left needle from left to right, and remove the right needle. This counts as the first knit stitch.
  3. Bring the right needle under the yarn to the back and insert it from back to front between the two stitches on the left needle. With the yarn in front, wrap it around the right needle as if to purl, and pull the yarn through to the back.
  4. Rotate the right needle clockwise to create slack in the stitch, insert the left needle into the loop from left to right, and remove the right needle. This is the purl stitch.
  5. Insert the right needle between the two stitches on the left needle.
  6. Wrap the working yarn around the right needle as if to knit and pull the yarn through the stitches. Rotate the right needle clockwise, insert the left needle into the loop from left to right, and remove the right needle. Pull the yarn to tighten the stitch. This is the knit stitch.
  7. Repeat steps 3 – 6. On the first row/round only, purl the purl stitches through the back loop.

Tutorial Video

Matching Bind Off: 1x1 Rib Bind Off