Cable Cast-on

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The Cable Cast-on is a firm favourite here! Folks have often said that it’s too tight for a Hat brim edge but it isn’t, at all! All it needs is a gentle stretch once the cast-on is finished and a few rounds worked, then it quickly evens out. It has give, but not too much, which I think is important.
1) Start with either a slip knot or by wrapping your yarn on your left working needle.
2) (first stitch only) Insert the right needle behind the stitch knitwise and wrap yarn round needle to create a knit stitch. If you find it too fiddly to place the needle behind the stitch, then you can insert it into the stitch for this first one.
3) Pull the yarn through as you create the new stitch.
4) And then place the new stitch back onto the left working needle.
5) To create all other stitches, insert the needle between the last stitch made and the one before it, not into the loop. Then wrap the yarn to create a loop, pulling the loop through and placing it back onto the needle, same as you did before.
Repeat step 5 until you have the required amount of stitches on your needle. You will notice that all of the stitches are formed in the same way and the little bumps along the lower edge all lie in the same direction.

When joining to work in the round, I prefer to work the first row flat then join – not only does this make it easier to join in the round and help avoid twisting, but the finished edge is neater.


As always, if you have a question about this technique or need some help with it, leave a comment below! I’m afraid I’m unable to offer help via email or private message, but you’re welcome to post in our forum.


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  1. Maria G

    I’m starting the Quynn hat and I’m a new knitter. After casting on, if I want to work the first row flat … do I turn my work and just knit the first "row" (is that like doing a purl round if I was working in-the-round)?

    • Woolly Wormhead

      After you’ve cast on with the cable cast-on you won’t need to turn your work, as the last stitch cast on is the first stitch you knit. Work that row flat, then join in the round.

      I hope this helps?


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