Best way to cast on for increases


Hi All! I’m working a sweater pattern with a rounded bottom on the back. The stitch increases are done with cast ons at the beginning of the rows (4 cast on stitches at the beginning of the next 18 rows). It’s stockinette stitch. Later I will need to pick up through these stitches and knit for a ribbed hemline.

What’s the best way to do the cast on stitches at the beginning of the rows so that I don’t wind up with gaps at the increases or too loose of an edge to knit onto later?

I have tried the loop cast on and the cable cast on. Cable was a bit thick. I’m not sure that the loop cast on will be firm enough. But if someone else that is more experienced knows better that one of those may work then I’m down for it!

Thanks in Advance, Rebecca


Either the cable or the knit cast on will work here. I prefer the cable cast on because of the nice edge but if you think it’s too thick try the knit cast on.
You don’t have to pick up at the very edge however. You can pick up sts a row in from the edge.