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Old 02-08-2006, 06:53 AM   #1
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Scared to try Cables
I taught myself how to knit over the christmas holidays thru KH. It's a fabulous website. I made my 1st blanket and it turned out great. I want to try cables but I'm scared. It looks really hard. Has anyone found it to be hard or difficult to learn?
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:06 AM   #2
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No, cables aren't difficult at all. Watch Amy's video on cables (in the Advanced Techniques section, scroll down to Decorative Stitches)and you'll see! They look complicated, but the process is so simple. The more complex cables just require concentration. Give one a go!
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:09 AM   #3
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cables are MUCH MUCH MUCH easier than they look. All you really have to do, is slip some stitches onto a cable needle, then knit some stitches from your left hand needle (usually the same number as you have on the cable needle) and then knit the stitches from the cable needle. that's it.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:24 AM   #4
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Anyone who can teach themselves to knit is a winner to start with. Give it a try. Just a small suggestion, you might want to use a u-shaped holder so the held stitches don't slip off as easily, which was my worst problem when I first tried.
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Cables are surprisingly simple to do. It may feel just a bit awkward at first, but don't be afraid to give it a try. And watch the videos here...They will be very helpful. Cables are fun!!!
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:57 AM   #6
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I am going to give cables a shot for the knitting olympics--I'm doing the irish hiking scarf--I've watched the videos and the cables look SO MUCH EASIER than I anticipated--I'm just worried about getting the length of the scarf completed before the flame goes out (I'm a slow knitter I think).

Give cables a shot--I haven't been knitting long--pm me, maybe we can set up a knit along or something so we could try it together.
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Don't be scared...cables are sooooooooooo easy to do!
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Originally Posted by horve1
Just a small suggestion, you might want to use a u-shaped holder so the held stitches don't slip off as easily, which was my worst problem when I first tried.
Using the u-shaped one for me is the easiest. I always had trouble with the other types. Cables are fun. I love doing them. Actually I love the end result. Go for it...don't be scared!
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:40 AM   #9
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I use the U-shaped one as well, unless I happen to have a larger sized dpn that won't let the needle slip out. (Apparently wooden dpns work well, too, since wood helps hold the stitches.)
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I just tried cables for the first time myself, and I couldn't believe how easy it was! It's such a complicated look that doesn't take much in technique. I liked the U-shaped cable needle, too, only because it was the right size and helped hold my stitches best.

Jax descirbed it perfectly:

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All you really have to do, is slip some stitches onto a cable needle, then knit some stitches from your left hand needle (usually the same number as you have on the cable needle) and then knit the stitches from the cable needle. that's it.
Go for it! Can't wait to see what you create!
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