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Ann in NH 07-22-2005 08:46 PM

cable w/o a cable needle. Is there a video of this some-

I'm planning to make a Alpaca scarf and hat pattern with a single cable from top to bottom of scarf & hat and wanted to learn this technique.


Rorshach 07-22-2005 08:56 PM

Well from what I could see, there wasn't a video on that, but you might be interested in making your own cable needle, which Amy does have a video for. it's under the "Basic Techniques" then "and more".

Ingrid 07-22-2005 08:58 PM

Do you mean when you twist two stitches?

Or this?

Hildegard_von_Knittin 07-24-2005 09:54 AM

I posted a few links a while ago about cables without a cable needle... you might try searching for that on KH. I don't remember if there was video or not, BUT there was some nice pictures and good descriptions. I do small cables w/o a cable needle b/c my cats think cable needles are for them to steal and hide (just like all my other knitting stuff)

kemp 07-24-2005 11:46 AM

I saw something on knitty gritty about cabling and the woman doing the demo didn't use a cable needle. I couldn't seem to figure out which show it was, but I did find the video from the Aran show, and it shows her using a regular DNP for the cables instead of a cable needle.

Ingrid 07-24-2005 11:49 AM

I alway use a dpn for my cable needle. The link I put up there shows the woman doing a cable without a needle, but she is basically sliding stitches off her needle and holding them with her thumb. I have done that in a pinch, but would rather have the security of some kind of needle. I once used a pen top, and when I was a teen without access to a needle, I used a pencil.

joyt 07-24-2005 12:05 PM

One time I use a chopstick as a stitch holder while I was working some other stitches.

But then I am sure many a knitter has used what ever they have around when called for.


Ann in NH 07-24-2005 01:13 PM

Thank you all for your help, ideas. All R appreciated

~~Mod Squad was here. ;)

Jouf 07-24-2005 01:25 PM

Cableless cables
Try one of these:,00.html

Ann in NH 07-24-2005 01:42 PM

All the pictures of cabling w/o a cable needle were excellen
DIY sites photographs were tiny, but ALL the rest were great. I think I can handle it. (I'm a hands on learner) I've been knitting for 20-30 years, but I'm usually a cold weather knitter until now.

Thank you,


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