2 New Cast On Knitting Methods: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Knitting | Comments


Even though we’ve covered how to cast on using the long tailed and German twisted methods, don’t stop there! Let’s look at two new cast on knitting methods: the knit on cast-on and the cable cast-on, that are also very similar and even easier to do.

Knit on cast-on

This is a great cast on for beginners learning knitting fundamentals, because you get to teach just one stitch from beginning to end: the knit stitch. For this cast on, the length of your yarn tail is not important. Just make sure it’s long enough to weave in later.

Step 1:

Start with a slip knot on the left hand needle. Keep the tail on the left and the working yarn on your right.

Knitting Needle with One Blue Piece of Yarn, Step#1 in Casting On

Step 2:

Knit into the slip knot with your right hand needle.

Hand Running Second Knitting Needle Through the Slip Knot

Step 3:

Slip the new stitch you just made from your right needle to your left.

View of Hand Holding Knitting Needles with Slip Knot

Single Knitting Needle with Yarn Cast On

It’s really as simple as those three steps! Repeat the cast on until you have the number desired, and as always, make sure to count the slip knot as the first cast on stitch.

Solo Knitting Needle with Blue Yarn Cable Cast On

Cable cast-on

The cable cast-on is created similarly to the knit-on cast-on with one variation. It’s also a similarly easy method for those new to knitting. As with the knit-on method, don’t worry about the tail length just be sure the working yarn is on the right side.

Step 1:

Start with a slip knot on your left hand needle.

Single Needle with Single Cast On with Blue Yarn

Step 2:

Knit on one stitch (work steps 2 and 3 from the knit-on cast on to do this).

Single Needle with Single Stitch Cast On

Step 3:

Knit between the two stitches on your needle.

Two Knitting Needles with Yarn Being Cast On

Step 4:

Slip the new stitch from the right to the left hand needle. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to cast on the number of stitches desired.

Single Knitting Needle with Multiple Stitches

I find the cable cast-on is a very sturdy way to cast on stitches in the middle of a pattern for places like the underarm of a sweater. Just make sure to turn your work to the wrong side when casting on in this instance.

Have fun trying these new cast ons! With both methods make sure to cast on loosely otherwise the stitches can become very difficult to manage and knit into. If you’re interested in learning other knitting techniques, check out Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel. This is a great class for beginners and will cover cast ons, bind offs and all the stitches in between!

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Have you tried either of these methods? Which to you prefer?