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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
-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!