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The cable cast on is a short-tail cast on that is easy for beginners and often used to add stitches for buttonholes or decorative bind offs.

How To

Western Method

Standard Cast On

  1. Leaving a long enough tail to weave in, create a slip knot and place it on the left-hand needle.
  2. Insert the right needle into the stitch on the left needle and knit it, leaving the first stitch on the left-hand needle.
  3. Slip the new stitch onto the left-hand needle.
  4. Insert the right-hand needle from front to back in the space between the first and second stitches on the left-hand needle. Knit through this space, leaving the stitches on the left-hand needle. Slip the new stitch onto the left-hand needle.
  5. Repeat Step 4 until there is the required number of cast on stitches.
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Provisional Slip Knots Cast On

  1. Leaving a long enough tail to weave in, create a slip knot and place it on the left-hand needle.
  2. With the strand attached to the yarn ball, create a second slip knot and place it on the left-hand needle. These two stitches do not count as cast on stitches.
  3. Insert the right-hand needle from front to back in the space between the first and second stitches on the left-hand needle. Knit through this space, leaving the stitches on the left-hand needle. Slip the new stitch onto the left-hand needle.
  4. Repeat Step 3 until there are the required number of cast on stitches, excluding the two slip knots.
  5. At the end of the first row, carefully undo the two slip knots by pulling on the loose end.
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