The cable cast on produces a nice even edge. It is uniform and looks somewhat like a cord. It forms a sturdy edge while allowing some elasticity. An ideal use is for ribbed edges.
You may find this a bit more tedious than some of the other methods. As with most knitting, the more you do it, the better you get at it.
To start this cast on, begin with a slip knot on the left needle.
Now you have 2 stitches on the left needle.
The video below does a nice job of demonstrating how to do the cable cast on:
So when would you use this cast on method?
It might look great with a seed stitch cuff where the number of
stitches determine the circumference of the cuff - hopefully large
enough to easily get your hand through. My favorite use for this method is with ribbing.
Experiment with this one. The video demonstrates the knit version. You can also do a purl version. The only difference is the right needle tip is inserted between the first two stitches on the left needle from the back to the front and purl the stitch.Keep On Knitting!
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