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Mini Monday: Rib Cable Cast On Tutorial

March 6, 2017

Last month I went through the Yarn Love Challenge on Instagram. One of my favorite prompts from the challenge was to share your favorite tip or trick. While it’s not so much a trick, I’ve been loving the Rib Cable Cast On Recently. It creates a very attractive hem for ribbed projects like hats and sleeves. It’s got good stretch too, which is a huge plus in my book. Recently, I posted on Instagram that I had been using it a bunch, and got a few comments.  I know I’ll be using it more in the future (maybe for an upcoming pattern..?), so I thought I’d share it here today.

I originally learned the Rib Cable Cast On, also know as the Alternating Cable Cast On, when it was called for in the High Pines Cowl pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. (I’ll be doing a pattern review this Thursday!) Until then I’d been a Long Tail Cast On Girl all the way. Since learning it, I’ve used it on the headphone hat in my baby box post and some other mystery projects (hopefully soon to be revealed!). The High Pines Cowl pattern included lovely written instructions, but I’m much more of a visual learner. For my own reference as much as yours, I have included copious pictures below. Let’s see how it’s done.

Rib Cable Bast On TutorialRib Cable Cast On Tutorial:

Step 1:

Make a single slip stitch like you would use for a standard cast on. Cast on one stitch in the usual manner by inserting your needle knitwise through the front of the loop and drawing a stitch through. Place that stitch on the needle. (2 stitches)

Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 2:

From the back, insert your right needle purlwise between the two stitches. Do not put your right needle through either stitch, but go between the two. Wrap the yarn around your needle and pull between the stitches purlwise to make one stitch. Place this stitch on your left needle. This stitch will correspond to your purl stitches in your ribbing. 
Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 3:

Insert your right needle knitwise between the next two stitches on the needle. Wrap the yarn around your needle and pull through knitwise to make another stitch. Place this stitch on your left needle. This stitch will correspond to your knit stitches in your ribbing.

Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 4:

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the desired number of stitches has been reached and you’ve done it! You’ve mastered the Rib Cable Cast On!

Rib Cable Cast On Tutorial

Some Tips:

-Keep your stitches rather loose. If they’re too tight it can be difficult to pull the stitches through

-The stitches will arrange themselves on the left needle in little pairs. If one of these pairs looks off, you may have cast on two knit or two purl stitches in a row(guilty!)

-To keep from losing track of your knit and purl stitches, remember that the knit stitches pull through in front of your cast on and purl stitches pull through behind the cast on. So knit stitches will look like they are coming out of the front of the loop and purl stitches will look like they are going into the front of the loop.

That’s all I’ve got! If you make anything using the cable cast on, let me know! I’d love to see it!

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Pattern: Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts

February 1, 2017
Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts by Yarnsley Lane

I’m excited introduce a new pattern of mine, and the first published pattern of Yarnsley Lane! Meet the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts! Inspired by necessity, these mitts are designed to be petite in your coat sleeves, but warm on the fingers. They contain a cozy cable pattern that reminds me of winter and an afterthought thumb (my favorite method!). Better yet, they can be made in less than 1 skein of Juniper Farms Moonshine!

The Inspiration

Lets talk a little about what inspired the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. As the days got shorter and the weather got colder, I reached into the back of my closet for my trusty fingerless mitts. Imagine my devastation when I found out that they had holes! And apparently a dropped stitch in the thumb (Clumsy me.)! I was bummed to find that they were no longer wearable. Clearly some new mitts were in order, but what did I want?

I knew that I wanted something short that wouldn’t interfere with my sleeves in my coat. I envisioned a long cuff that I could fold down over my fingers to shield them from the wind.  The knits would need some visual interest. Something cozy, like cables. I searched and searched ravelry, but nothing quite fit what I wanted.  The solution was clear: It was time to design my own.

The Yarn:

As for the yarn, I must have circled the yarn store about 50 times looking for just the right yarn for the Maple Smash Fingerless Mitts. I knew in my head that it was a creamy color, that it was a squishy single ply and that I wanted some good fuzz factor. I needed yarn with a good halo. Finally I decided on this Juniper Farms Moonshine. It’s a single ply with wool, alpaca and silk. The alpaca give it the nice halo I was looking for and the silk makes it luminous. The color didn’t have a name on my yarn band, but with a little searching I believe the color is Flan. I cannot think of a more perfect name for this color. I have to stop thinking about it because it’s making me hungry.

The Pattern

The Maple Smash Mitts are just what I needed; a short fingerless glove that features a nice big cable and a cuff to shield my fingers from the cold. They are knit in the round with an afterthought thumb(my favorite!) and take very little time (and yarn!) to knit up!

Get the pattern for free here: Maple Smash Mitts by Yarnsley Lane

Or on Ravelry:

So go out there! Knit your own mitts!

If you do, let me know, because I’d love to see them.