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Old 09-01-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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Cables WITHOUT cable needle?
I got the book "At Knit's End - Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much" from the library and there was a little snippet in there that reeeeally interested me. She mentioned something about doing cables WITHOUT a cable needle, and that once mastered it is way faster and more efficient. But she didn't say how. Anyone know????

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Old 09-01-2005, 12:10 AM   #2
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From what I understand, you're really just slipping the stitches off the needle and holding them with your thumb instead of putting them on the cable needle.
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I googled and found this: http://wendyknits.net/knit/leftcable.htm
Looks simple enough, haven't tried it yet though!
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I'm thinking you just have to careful not to tug on the work too much or the sts will unwind. Personally though - I like my cable needle
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Originally Posted by ekgheiy
I'm thinking you just have to careful not to tug on the work too much or the sts will unwind. Personally though - I like my cable needle
I agree. I like the security. I'm sure that the moment I free up those stitches, the cat will jump on my lap and all will be lost!
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I agree. I like the security. I'm sure that the moment I free up those stitches, the cat will jump on my lap and all will be lost!
Yep And for some reason, non-knitters get extra dazzled when they see a cable needle in the mix. And let's not even mention dpn's! It just makes me feel all extra special and phenominal and stuff ... :rofling:
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How true, how true! Knitting on dpns dazzles the crowd!!
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I don't know if you looked at the link I gave, but it seems like the stitches that are dropped are put back onto the needle as soon as they are off, so I wouldn't think you'd need to worry too much about it unraveling. I'll have to give it a try! :thinking:
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The last cable project I did involved cotton....so I wasn't about to try it. But my next will be wool, and I'm definitely going to give it a try!
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Originally Posted by knitqueen
I don't know if you looked at the link I gave, but it seems like the stitches that are dropped are put back onto the needle as soon as they are off, so I wouldn't think you'd need to worry too much about it unraveling. I'll have to give it a try! :thinking:
Kewl - let us know how you like it. The only reason I mention the unraveling is because when I used a cn shaped like this, my sts would fall off and unravel. Maybe it was so easy for them to unravel b/c I'm a tight knitter Anyhoo ... I use this shape now and love it because I can hook on my collar when I'm not using it.
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