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The Cable Cast-On is an easy short-tail cast-on with a beautiful and firm twisted edge. I recommend this cast-on for adding stitches in the middle of a project.

Video: Cable Cast-On

Cable Cast-On
Cable Cast-On

Characteristics: decorative, firm, recommended
Difficulty: Easy

The Cable Cast-On is just as easy as the knitted cast-on but has a beautiful and firm twisted edge.

The edge is not very elastic but it is quite sturdy, so you can use it for projects where the edge needs to be decorative but not highly stretchy.

I recommend this short-tail cast-on for adding stitches in the middle of a project.


  1. Insert the right-hand needle between the first two stitches on the left-hand needle and wrap your yarn as if to knit.
  2. Pull a loop through and place the new stitch knitwise on the left-hand needle.


  1. To make the last cast-on stitch look just as good as the rest of them, bring your yarn between your needle tips to the front of your work after creating the last stitch but before placing it on the left-hand needle. Then bring your yarn to the back, under the right-hand needle, and you'll see how it neatens up the last stitch.
  2. If you are using the Cable Cast-On to add stitches in the middle of a project, you won't need to turn your work after you've cast on- just start knitting into the cast-on stitches.

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