When I need to use a cable needle, I use a bamboo dpn. I've gotten to the point where I usually don't use any cable needle unless it's a weird cable combination.
Once you are able to see how the cables work, you may want to try doing them without a needle to save a step.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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