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Knit Maker: Skills & Technique

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Cable Cast on

Vickie Howell

Knit Maker: Skills & Technique

Vickie Howell

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Lesson Info

3. Cable Cast on

Lesson Info

Cable Cast on

Alright, we're gonna move onto the cable cast on. Why would you use the cable cast on? Well, it's actually just a really cool, versatile cast on but it's a little bit more elastic than a traditional cast on. So it's a really great cast on if you're doing something like the cuff of a sock, the brim of a beanie, the sleeve cuff, anything that you want just a little bit more of elasticity for. So I'm going to show you how to do that now. Okay, so you would cast on, you could either tie a slip knot on or you can cast on one stitch. I'm sorry, two stitches. I happen to use the single tail method to cast on. You just get two stitches on any way that you want. However it makes you happy. I do have a question about that. Yeah. You didn't make a knot right it's not necessary? No, some people like to start their cast ons with a slip knot. I almost never do that. But that's just my preferred method. Those two stitches can get on in any way except for not the e-cast on way. You know it nee...

ds to be stable enough so a single tail cast on, or you know long tail cast on, whatever you want. But just get two stitches on there in one way or another. So, from here on, what we're going to be doing to cast on the rest of the stitches is we're gonna take our right hand needle and we're gonna insert it in between the first and the second stitches on the needle. You're gonna yarn over and you're gonna work it like you were knitting but instead of pulling any stitches off you're gonna take this new loop that you just created and place it on your left hand needle. And pull it. So that's a stitch cast on. So then you're gonna go to the, in between the first and the second stitch again. Yarn over. Pull the loop up. Place it on here. Now, you may notice that sometimes you're not, you put the stitch on backwards so it's oriented wrong. You can either fix that when you're knitting or I can tell right now that I need to just take it off and place it so it's oriented right. Then you're gonna go to the next one. You're in between. So you're not going in the loops, can you see that? You're going in between the two stitches. Yarning over. Pulling up a loop. Placing it on the needle and you would just continue that for as many stitches as you want cast on. Are there any questions, yes ma'am? Yes, so you say you've got four stitches on. So did, you're putting it between the last, the two stitches at the end of the needle? The stitches closest to you. Closest to the tip. Okay. So between the first and the second. It's always between the first and the second stitch on your needle. Okay. Does that make sense? So this is the first stitch, the one closest to the tip I'm calling the first stitch. The next one to it is the second stitch. So the first stitch would be the, the last -- The last one that you'd put on yes, absolutely. Absolutely, anything else? Okay, I'm gonna let you work on that for just a couple minutes. We're gonna speed date through that one since we took a lot of time with the first one I wanna make sure to fit everything in but I do wanna make sure that you have the technique down. Is there anything from home? Are we good? Well these are from, these are from the last thing you were instructing but when knitting do you always pass the first stitch or do you work that stitch? When knitting do you always pass the stitch, I don't think I understand the question. Linda, you said good question, what is she asking? You just, at the very beginning of the row you just put the stitch on your other needle, you don't actually knit it. Some people believe it makes a smoother edge. Are you talking about slip stitching? Okay. I guess it is called a slip stitch. Yeah, you just put it, you don't re-knit it or re-purl it. Yeah, okay, okay, got it. Totally preference and it also depends on what the pattern is. For example, I teach a class called Knitmaker 201 Socks and there's a part when you're turning the heel and creating the gusset, when you're picking up stitches around it. When you're creating that heel flap, I slip the stitch on the beginning of each row and what that does is that creates a larger loop, unworked loop so that it's much easier to see and this is also helpful sometimes if you're seaming together garments. It's much easier to see those stitches for you to pick up later. Hopefully that's what she was asking. May I ask a quick related question? Maybe. When you (laughs). When doing stockinette do some people not believe that you never purl the first stitch? Well I hadn't heard that belief. Similar reason I believe that well I don't know it would make the stitch more visible but it might make it -- You mean you would never purl the first stitch on the wrong side? Correct. I've never heard that in my entire career but you know what? I may have made that up. You may have made it up, or it could be a thing. Here's the thing with knitting, and I talk about this in my crochet classes too. These are oral traditions. Which is wonderful, you know as communities we've passed this down for hundreds of years but it's like a game of telephone in a lot of ways. Still, in this day and age. So, there are, there's lore involved there are different methods. Often, and this happens a lot and you've probably seen this in patterns the same abbreviation, let's say the M1. The make one increase. Still, with designers, professional veteran designers disagree what a make one is and they're both right if we're talking about two people. So all that to say, what you should do is you should follow the pattern 'cause that will give you the integrity of what the designer intended.

Class Description

It can be hard to set aside time for your creative outlet, and even harder to put time and energy into doing the research and legwork to advance your skills. Vickie Howell turns this formula on its head. Your craft should be your inspiration, and learning new techniques should be fun, attainable, and energizing.

Vickie is an expert, easy-to-follow knitter who can help you master the just-out-of-reach skills you need to tackle advanced patterns. Join this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to get started with the provisional and cable cast-ons.
  • How to create button holes, fix dropped stitches, and more.
Vickie will also teach you advanced seaming techniques like the kitchener stitch, mattress stitch and the 3-needle bind-off. You’ll learn how to work the picot bind-off, add an applied i-cord edging, and incorporate SC edging. Take the time to invest in your knitting skills, and invigorate your creative practice!

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

10th Floor Cowl Pattern

Dropped Stitch Cowl Pattern

Knitting Abbreviations

Skills & Technique Practice

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Toni Imwold

Thanks Vicki for teaching a great class. I consider myself to be an advanced knitter but I still learned some great tips and ideas from you. The cowl patterns look great and I plan to knit one soon.

a Creativelive Student

This was an outstanding, intensive workshop by Vickie Howell. She covered a wide variety of techniques and I am amazed at how much I learned in just a few hours. I started practicing some of the new skills I learned and am happy to report that they are indeed now part of my knitting knowledge.