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Old 06-06-2007, 11:53 AM   #1
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Cables without Cable Needles?
I am looking for directions for knitting cables without a cable needle.

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Old 06-06-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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Have you seen these?

http://wendyknits.net/knit/leftcable.htm

http://www.grumperina.com/leftcable.htm

More site options if you google.

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Old 06-06-2007, 07:23 PM   #3
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Is there any advantage to doing cables without cable needles? Other than not having the expense of the cable needles, of course.
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Old 06-06-2007, 07:27 PM   #4
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I think it's more of a convenience and time saver. I find that I don't mind cabling without the needle when the stitches are in front, but don't like trying to keep track when they're in the back. I use a dpn to cable, so there's no expense involved. It also depends on how slippery the yarn is.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:58 PM   #5
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Agree with Ingrid. Sometimes it's much more expeditious to work w/o but there are certain cables that present certain challenges that necessitate the add'l needle. I use a J-hook that cost only a couple bucks. It's been helpful when needed.

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Old 06-06-2007, 09:49 PM   #6
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I don't have much cabling experience, but I do cable without needles when possible. So far I've only worked front cables. When I need to cable I skip half of the cable stitches (if it's a 6 stitch cable, then skip 3 sts) knit the second half, then knit the first half. When I do use a cable ndl, I do as previous posters and use a dbl pt ndl.
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Old 06-09-2007, 02:06 AM   #7
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when i am knitting difficult cabled designs (like a saxon braid) i prefer to use a cable needle (well, actually I use a dpn because i can only find the tiny curved cable needles and i dont like those). When i dont use a cable needle, i find that the stitches are harder to keep uniform because they have to stretch much more, but for simple six or four stitch cables that i dont have to constantly read the pattern to make, then i can go with or without the cable needle.
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Old 06-09-2007, 08:48 AM   #8
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I've not been able to master not using a cable needle. I always seem to spend more time picking up the 'flapping/floating/dropped' stitches then if I had just used a cable need in the first place.
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Old 06-09-2007, 06:27 PM   #9
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you do at first, but with practice you get faster.
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I'm planning on doing a tutorial for that on here pretty soon. It'll be in the How To Forum here.
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