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Simone 05-20-2009 03:39 PM

**Easiest Cable Needles**
I'm using a J hook and I seem to be all thumbs with it. What do you like to use? What do you find is easiest?

Jan in CA 05-20-2009 04:33 PM

I prefer a short DPN type needle. My DH made me one out of a wood called purple heart.

They look like this, but you can get them lots of places. -

Mike 05-20-2009 04:48 PM

I made one like the short DPNs out of aluminum but it has a skinnier groove in the middle.

Simone 05-20-2009 05:19 PM

I have DPN's but they aren't that small. I may try something along that route though, thanks to both of you!

Ingrid 05-20-2009 06:05 PM

I use whatever dpn is hanging around. I generally just have to reach into the couch cushions to find one.:teehee:

maniago 05-20-2009 06:05 PM

You can get several wooden dowels for a few dollars; they make great cable needles, just cut to size. I have also used toothpicks on sock cables

suzeeq 05-20-2009 09:25 PM

You could use cut down chopsticks or skewers. Being wood they wouldn't slip out of the sts as easily.

bambi 05-20-2009 10:15 PM

I use wood DPNs. The stitches don't slip off and I have a whole set in various sizes. Those things they sell as cable needles don't work for me.


Simone 05-20-2009 10:56 PM

These are all great suggestions! I really appreciate it. I think I may use my wooden DPN's then. The J hook is metal and just seems to be clumsy to me when working the stitches off of the needle.

MtheVGandP 05-21-2009 01:11 AM

I also usually use wood dpns (what a surprise, right?). Those funky curved needles specially designed for cables just don't work for me.

I actually could never get the hang of knitting stitches off the cable needle/dpn/whatever. I slip my sts to the dpn and stick the bottom end of it down into the knitting, out of the way, to keep it secure. After I knit the first half of the cable sts, I slip the sts on the dpn back to the left needle and knit from there as normal. After getting used to it, it's actually faster for me than cabling w/out a cable needle. To each his/her own!

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