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knittintexas 02-07-2008 11:46 AM

Finding Cable Needles
So being a newbie and all...I'm finally finishing my scarf and decided to move onto a cabled poncho. I went to Wal-Mart last night to buy some yarn and cable needles....only they don't have cable needles, nor do they have knitting needles in a size 10.5...Grrrrrr..
Guess I need to consider myself a "real knitter" and move onto Micheal's and shop there.
P.S. Those of you in the DFW area, watch your mail for the junk flyers...Micheal's is putting out a 40% off coupon....good on anything!:woohoo:

dustinac 02-07-2008 11:51 AM

or you could check out Knit picks... they have some nice cable needles...and the option or harmony interchangeable set...that way you would have all the needles in the one place...there are other interchangeable sets out there too :happydance:

dreamsherl 02-07-2008 12:01 PM

Do you have any double point needles? I use those instead of cable needles.

suzeeq 02-07-2008 12:12 PM

You don't have to use cable needles, I use dpns, other needles, chopsticks, opened paper clips, pencils... whatever's handy.

Lucy78green 02-07-2008 01:13 PM

The size of the cable needle doesn't matter if it's a smaller diameter than the needle you're using to knit the rest with, as it's just to hold the stitches for a few minutes. If you are knitting the rest on a 10.5, I'd use a tapestry needle or toothpick...

GinnyG 02-07-2008 01:21 PM

I've used a toothpick often (in a pinch).

Carrie218 02-07-2008 01:32 PM

I oftenuse a big paper-clip that I undo.

cacunn 02-07-2008 01:46 PM

I like it the Marine method of knitting - adapt and over come. I am just starting and my wife laughts when she looks at my knitting. Rubber band, paper clips, safety pins as markers. I pick up what ever is at hand that will do what is needed. Next stop at MLYS and I might get the "official" item if it is creative enough.

bambi 02-07-2008 03:32 PM

I tried actual cable needles and they didn't work too well for me. They kept falling out. I ended up using a stitch holder that looks like a big safety pin. I don't have DPNs but I imagine those would work well, too.


knittintexas 02-07-2008 04:05 PM

I need 10.5 Knitting far as the cable needles...what are DPNs? I've heard those mentioned to use in place of cable needles. So size doesn't matter when using an object to make the cable stitches? Sorry first time attempting cable....:teehee:

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