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DonnaS 10-14-2007 11:00 AM

Cable Needles
Ok I officially don't like the little metal cable needles. Is there anywhere to find bamboo cable needles? The ones I've seen on the videos on this site are just smaller DPNs? Ideas?

I'm about to go buy some dowels and make some.. ggrr :thumbsup:

jjminarcik 10-14-2007 11:04 AM

I made mine out of dowels and they work great! Go for it!

Becky Morgan 10-14-2007 11:06 AM

Sure there are bamboo circulars. Wal-Mart even has their own now (I'm using one of them as we speak. The joins are a little bumpy, but at $2.44 the price was right and I have plenty of teflon tape.) Jo-Ann's and Michaels both sell Takumi bamboo circs in a variety of sizes.

brittyknits 10-14-2007 11:07 AM

I know what you mean!-- the metal hook style is so awkward. I LOVE my wooden ones-- they're straight, which looks like the stitches would fall off, but lo and behold, the geniuses behind them put wooden grooves in and they work BEAUTIFULLY. sells them, and is going to have them in their new Harmony line.

brittyknits 10-14-2007 11:12 AM

Here's the link to the ones Patternworks carries:

brittyknits 10-14-2007 11:13 AM

And here's the link to the Harmony ones:

suzeeq 10-14-2007 12:25 PM

Not circular needles, Becky, she means the short ones you hold your stitches on while making cables.

And you can use about anything for a cable needle - pencil, chopsticks, skewers, make your own out of a dowel...

bobi1218 10-14-2007 12:44 PM

Have you tried cabling without a needle? I find it easier, and my cables come out nicer too :) Its really not as hard as it sounds!!

DonnaS 10-14-2007 03:31 PM

Thanks britty! Yes those are the ones I'm talking about.. not Circs :)

How do you cable without a cable needle Suzeeq?

suzeeq 10-14-2007 04:00 PM

Bobbi wrote about that. Here's one explanation and another one here...
but I sometimes just hold the first set of sts (only works for one or two) while knitting the second set.

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