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Alternating Cable Cast On

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About This Technique

The Alternating Cable Cast On is a version of the Cable Cast On. The advantage of Cable Cast Ons is they create a very durable edge, which is great for projects that get a lot of wear and tear, such as sweater cuffs, collars, or the bottom hem of a sweater.

The difference in an Alternating Cable Cast On is that it adapts the cable cast on for ribbing. With this technique you’ll switch back and forth while creating the cast on edge. This situates the stitches in an optimal way for ribbing. You can use this technique for any type of rib sequence, be it 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 2×4, etc.

Difficulty: 3 of 5

Also Known As: Ribbed Cable Cast On

Bind Off Match: Bind off in pattern

[Video] Technique Tutorial

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Technique Instructions

  • Step 1: Make a Slip Knot and place on needle.
  • Step 2: Take other needle, and slip it into the slip knot knit-wise.
  • Step 3: Finish the knit stitch, drawing through extra slack.
  • Step 4: Place new stitch on main needle, and gently tighten.
  • Step 5: Insert needle in between the last 2 sts on the main needle from front to back.
  • Step 6: Yo and draw yarn through. Place new stitch on main needle, and gently tighten.
  • Step 7: Insert working needle between the last two sts on the working needle, from back to front.
  • Step 8: Yo and draw through. Place new stitch on main needle, and gently tighten.

Repeat steps 5-8 until required number of stitches is reached.

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