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tokmom
04-21-2008, 08:50 PM
I think I'm ready to venture into learning cable stitch. I watched the video and it doesn't look all that difficult.

Question one: What is the most common cable needle to buy? Are the curved ones easier to work with or are the straight wooden ones? I see that KP has some pretty harmony wood ones.:inlove:


What would be a good beginners project? I thought about trying a cabled sock cuff? Is that too difficult? I use Silver's sock pattern.

If the sock is out of my league, and be honest,:wink: then what is the next best thing O' wise ones?:mrgreen:

Thanks for any help.

Knitting_Guy
04-21-2008, 09:24 PM
The type of cable needle is just personal preference. I prefer a curved one so that it stays down and out of the way when held front or back.

You can use almost anything as a cable needle including a DPN.

I think the Irish Hiking Scarf or Silver's Palindrome Scarf are great first cable projects, but see no reason why you couldn't do a sock.

tokmom
04-21-2008, 10:09 PM
Thanks, Mason. I have never made a scarf, so I will look at your suggestions. Both sound interesting.:thumbsup:

I will go with the curved one since it helps the work stay out of the way. Maybe once I get really good, I can get those pretty harmonies.:inlove: ;)

knitgal
04-21-2008, 11:13 PM
Have you ever made socks? If not, I would definitely try a scarf, you will do enough cables on a scarf that you will be a pro by the end.
An easy sock with cables is Sweet Socks (http://knitnlit.blogspot.com/2007/08/sweet-socks.htmlbs.marketwatch.com/). I am knitting them now and they're very pretty and simple.

tokmom
04-22-2008, 12:33 AM
Have you ever made socks? If not, I would definitely try a scarf, you will do enough cables on a scarf that you will be a pro by the end.
An easy sock with cables is Sweet Socks (http://knitnlit.blogspot.com/2007/08/sweet-socks.htmlbs.marketwatch.com/). I am knitting them now and they're very pretty and simple.

Yep, I have made 3 pairs of socks, using Silver's tutorial. :)

tokmom
04-22-2008, 12:37 AM
I can't get the sweet socks link to work. :)

cam90066
04-22-2008, 01:38 AM
I like a curved one for the reasons Knitting Guy mentioned.

Very easy first cable project: 'Good ole cabled scarf.' (http://www.yarnagogo.com/good_ole_cabled_scarf/)

cam

Knit4Pie
04-22-2008, 05:23 AM
Here's the link for the Sweet Socks (http://knitnlit.blogspot.com/2007/08/sweet-socks.html)

knitgal
04-22-2008, 08:13 AM
Sorry about that link not working! Thanks to knit4pie for finding the right one.
If you have done socks before, the Sweet Socks might be a fun thing to try. I'm surprised you've made socks and never a scarf though!? I thought that was like a mandatory project when you first learn to knit.

Simply_Renee
04-22-2008, 08:36 AM
I would try the cabling on a sock, since you like socks and can already do them.

Cabling is easy- all you are doing is knitting the stitches out of order. Don't wait for the cable needle- you can use a bobby pin, another needle, a yarn needle, a stick, a pencil, etc etc. Sometimes I slip the stitches back up to the left needle to work them depending on what I have grabbed to use.

Those harmony ones really are pretty- I don't have the cable needles but I have the interchangeable set and love them!

Plantgoddess+
04-22-2008, 08:11 PM
If you have done socks before, the Sweet Socks might be a fun thing to try. I'm surprised you've made socks and never a scarf though!? I thought that was like a mandatory project when you first learn to knit.[/quote]
After knitting for 30 years I finally this spring knit my 1st scarf. My 1st project was a sweater. I didn't have any scarf patterns. Back before the internet it wasn't quite as easy to find patterns, so I learned on sweaters, socks ,gloves etc.
That sweet sock pattern looks like a good starter for cables. They're spaced fat enough apart that tension shouldn't be a problem and there's only 2 cables so you are not constantly cabling.

tokmom
04-22-2008, 09:21 PM
Sorry about that link not working! Thanks to knit4pie for finding the right one.
If you have done socks before, the Sweet Socks might be a fun thing to try. I'm surprised you've made socks and never a scarf though!? I thought that was like a mandatory project when you first learn to knit.

I know. I'm weird.:rofl: My sister in law taught me how to do felted bags while visiting at Xmas time. I then watched her sit and knit a sock and was fascinated. So that was my second project.

tokmom
04-22-2008, 09:23 PM
I like a curved one for the reasons Knitting Guy mentioned.

Very easy first cable project: 'Good ole cabled scarf.' (http://www.yarnagogo.com/good_ole_cabled_scarf/)

cam


That's very pretty! I added that to my list of things to make. :) Thanks!

tokmom
04-22-2008, 09:25 PM
Have you ever made socks? If not, I would definitely try a scarf, you will do enough cables on a scarf that you will be a pro by the end.
An easy sock with cables is Sweet Socks (http://knitnlit.blogspot.com/2007/08/sweet-socks.htmlbs.marketwatch.com/). I am knitting them now and they're very pretty and simple.

Oh, I have to make those!! Super cute!:woohoo: Thanks!

Cynamar
04-23-2008, 01:02 AM
Um...you need to make a scarf or two before you do anything else. It's, like, a law. Hop to it!

tokmom
04-23-2008, 01:38 AM
Um...you need to make a scarf or two before you do anything else. It's, like, a law. Hop to it!

:roflhard: I certainly don't want to break any knitting laws.

suzeeq
04-23-2008, 11:11 AM
Um...you need to make a scarf or two before you do anything else. It's, like, a law. Hop to it!

I didn't make a scarf until about 40 years after I learned to knit. I still haven't made a dishcloth....