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Old 12-06-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Size (Thickness) of Cable Needle?
They only had a set of two at Michael's and one looks like a size 4, which is the size of needles I am using on this project. But there is another that is half that size. Is it ok to use a smaller gauged cable needle than the needles your using?
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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Yes, the cable needle doesn't make much difference. Well, you wouldn't want it larger, but smaller is fine.
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ya stumped me. I never thought of that. I can imagine that larger would throw the whole project off a bit though
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It wouldn't really. It might be difficult to put your sts on it, but you're only keeping them on there for a short amount of time so it wouldn't stretch out anything.
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I recently did an Irish Hiking Scarf with size 8 needles, and the only cable needle I could find was way smaller than that. It worked just fine, although I found it sort of inconvenient to work with. Just a matter of personal preference - the stitches themselves came out looking fine. I personally prefer using a DPN, or even just cabling with no cable needle (there's a video on this web site that shows you how).

It's really tricky finding cable needles in stores, isn't it? I went to all the majors here and finally found one at Joann's, I think. No go at Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or the crafts section of Wal-Mart. I was surprised. I found some great ones in the Patternworks catalog that just look like little DPN's - they aren't very thin at all. I might spring for those.
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Old 12-07-2007, 12:04 PM   #6
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I think cable needles are highly overrated, especially the ones shaped like a J. They're fine for holding the stitches aside while you work the crossover, but a plain dpn makes it much easier to slip those stitches back onto the regular needle without wrestling them past the J-curve. For that matter, many people don't bother with cable needles at all, unless the cables are very wide or the yarn very slippery.

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Old 12-07-2007, 08:53 PM   #7
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We always used dpns as cable needles. Once you've been knitting a while, you will always have lots of dpns, so it is not usually necessary to spring for special cable needle unless you really want to.

The only problem I would see with a much smaller cable needle is that the needle would slip out of the stitches too easily while it is not being used.
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I'm doing a cable scarf right now with size 11 straight needles. The only cable needle I have close to the appropriate size is maybe an 8, quite possibly alot smaller. It's really difficult to not drop the needle out of the stitches. I'm a little worried about trying to cable without the needles.

Do DPNs come in size 11?
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I like my cable needle. It's small and has a dip in the middle. I dislike those j shaped ones. Worthless and not fast to work with that all.

It's much easier to work with the small ones, I think, too.
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Yes, they have dpns in size 11, but you might not want to buy a set just to use for cables if you don't think you'll use them otherwise. A cable needle set would be better if you're going to buy something, you can use it more. But if you have size 10 or 10.5 in a regular needle you can use it, or a crochet hook, or pen/pencil. Just anything short and straight you already have will work.
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