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Old 02-07-2008, 11:46 AM   #1
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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!
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Old 02-07-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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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
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Do you have any double point needles? I use those instead of cable needles.
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You don't have to use cable needles, I use dpns, other needles, chopsticks, opened paper clips, pencils... whatever's handy.
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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...
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I've used a toothpick often (in a pinch).
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Originally Posted by Lucy78green View Post
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, . . .
Maggie Righetti in her book Knitting in Plain English suggests using double pointed needles on size larger than the needles being used for knitting. She says that this is to keep the DP from slipping out. I'm new so .. I have found that this slight increase in size also helps me the stretching of the stitch in making the cable is easier and stitch shrinks in the cable.

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Depending on how many stitches are in your cables, you may not even need a holder! Amy has a video on this site for cabling without a cable needle.
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