Cast on stitch is used to create raised loops of thread in textured needlework techniques. It is often seen used today to create raised flower petals & leaves in highly textured work such as Brazilian embroidery.~From Sharon Boggon
cast-on stitch is used in Brazilian embroidery and stumpwork embroidery to create beautiful dimensional flowers and leaves. This hand embroidery tutorial will show you step-by-step how to easily embroider a perfect cast-on stitch rose.
A Cable Cast On is a good way to cast on stitches in the middle of your knitting. Often a pattern asks you to be knitting along and then says, cast on some number of stitches. I almost always use a Cable Cast On in that situation.