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Old 07-07-2013, 10:54 AM   #1
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Where do I find this cable needle?
I recently viewed the video on knitting cables http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...a-cable-needle. The needle used for the cable was a DPN, but it appeared shorter than the ones that I typically use. Does anyone know where I can find one of these, or perhaps even a set in different sizes?

BTW, I have been making cables for years using DPN's, and rather than knitting from the DPN I would return the stitches back onto the LH needle to knit them. After watching the cable video I am now knitting from the DPN as demonstrated; it was a good prompt for me and I know I will become more efficient with practice.

Thank you knittinghelp.com, you are the best.
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:53 AM   #2
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Something like this? http://www.knitpicks.com/knitting-ne...n-4in-set.html or http://www.yarn.com/webs-knitting-ne...glove-needles/
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Here's some! I prefer this type of cable needle as well if I'm going to use one. DH made mine out of a scrap of purple heart wood.

http://www.knitpicks.com/holiday-en/...g-needles.html
http://www.lanternmoon.com/Cable-Needles_p_399.html
http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseac...-AD1550253896/
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
Here's some! I prefer this type of cable needle as well if I'm going to use one. DH made mine out of a scrap of purple heart wood.

http://www.knitpicks.com/holiday-en/...g-needles.html
http://www.lanternmoon.com/Cable-Needles_p_399.html
http://www.yarn.com/index.cfm/fuseac...-AD1550253896/
These are perfect! I love the grooves, I have had problems with the stitches dropping off the DPN's that I use. The length and variety of sizes is great! Now which set to choose.

Very nice of your DH to do a good turn for you must be gorgeous in the purple wood.
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Originally Posted by claireweber View Post
These are perfect! I love the grooves, I have had problems with the stitches dropping off the DPN's that I use. The length and variety of sizes is great! Now which set to choose.

Very nice of your DH to do a good turn for you must be gorgeous in the purple wood.
I vote for the Dreamz because I like the colors. I might get them for myself.

One of the great things about this site is finding out about things I didn't know I wanted or needed to know and these needles are an excellent example. Groovy needles, who knew? Thanks for asking!
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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I like using the curved, u-shaped cable needles from Clover:

http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Jumbo-C...r+cable+needle

I tried using the straight ones and my stitches almost ALWAYS slipped off. With these u-shaped ones I haven't had to worry about that.

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Originally Posted by knitcindy View Post
I like using the curved, u-shaped cable needles from Clover:

http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Jumbo-C...r+cable+needle

I tried using the straight ones and my stitches almost ALWAYS slipped off. With these u-shaped ones I haven't had to worry about that.

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My first cable needle was the curved (or bend) needle. I hated it because my stitches kept falling off.
I resorted to using paperclips.
A few months later I decided to try the U or J shaped cable needles. I L O V E D them I won't use anything else.
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I, too, prefer the U shaped needles from Clover. I have the Knit Picks Harmony cable needles, but I rarely use them. Having said that, I've improvised cable needles. I've used a tooth pick and a paper clip when in a pinch. I've seen cables done with no cable needles at all, but I haven't been brave enough to try it yet!
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I hated the U shaped needle myself. I prefer to knit off the cable needle so a wood straight one is faster and easier. I should say I actually knit cables w/o a cable needle for 2x2 cables or less anyway.
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I'm having to work so many crossed cable stitches for my Aran sweater, 324 in every 48 row repeat, there are three repeats and then some, and that is for one side only. I had been using my DPN's but at 7" in length, that is a lot of 'fiddling' around with the needle, hence my post. After viewing this video, I thought I would give the technique of cabling without a cable needle a shot:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...a-cable-needle

It's been a little tricky, it is easier to cross the left stitches over the right at this point, the right cross will get easier with focused practice. Finding a rhythm has been such a fascinating process! And it really does go quite a bit faster.
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