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Feb 19, 2017 13:21:41   #
I don't have a cable needle in the right size , 1 large one and 1 small one and the yarn is a chunky, would I use the large one or would it make the

cable stitches too "fat: or should I use a double pointed needle close to the size of the needle I am working with?

It scares me that the double pointed needle would let the yarn slip off while I working the stitches.

Thank You

Feb 19, 2017 13:25:05   #
I have been doing a lot of cabling lately and I don't always have the right size cable needle either. I just use whatever is closer to your needle size you are using normally and go with it. It have worked okay for me.
Feb 19, 2017 13:29:02   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
I never use a cable needle for cables. Just switch the yarn back and forth
Feb 19, 2017 13:31:47   #
Kansas g-ma (a regular here)
Many years ago I knit a bunch of garments with cables. I did not have a cable needle. I did have DPNs and large safety pins. Either served the purpose well. Even a straight needle or a circular needle would hold the sts while you work the others.
Feb 19, 2017 13:36:59   #
Thank You. I will try your method, wish me luck !

Feb 19, 2017 13:39:46   #
Good Luck. I just watched a video where you could do your cabling without cable needles but to me that looks a little tricky, so good luck with yours.

Feb 19, 2017 13:47:40   #
I never use cable needles. I switch the stitches off the needle, carefully.

For complicated cables, I would thread a darning needle and do a mini lifeline and take those stitches off the needle. I find it much easier and safer to do than with a cable needle.
Feb 19, 2017 13:53:13   #
I have giant bobby pins (the kind you used to use to hold those huge curlers). They are perfect because they close on the yarn and will not come out until you want it. Besides, they are always handy for me because I put my hair up in a bun with them, so they are always at my finger tips. MN
Feb 19, 2017 14:35:41   #
Thank you for answering my question.

I think the threaded needle would work best for me, I never know when my cat might jump on my lap so I need to be secure.

Feb 19, 2017 14:36:23   #
Butterfly 55
I knit a lot of aran I just hold the stitchs with my fingers it's quicker
Feb 19, 2017 14:54:25   #
knit4ES (a regular here)
Butterfly 55 wrote:
I knit a lot of aran I just hold the stitchs with my fingers it's quicker

I do this too.... I've also used a plastic straw and cut a length and bent it... anything that works to just hold the stitches for a bit.
Feb 19, 2017 15:10:46   #
jinx (a regular here)
marilyngf wrote:
I never use a cable needle for cables. Just switch the yarn back and forth

I agree a cable needle is not needed. The stitches just sit there and wait for you to pick them back up again.
Feb 19, 2017 15:44:07   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
As to the size of the cable needle stitch holder: It doesn't matter what size it is unless it's fat enough to stretch your stitches and that could be a problem. I'd also find it difficult to work the stitches off it. Anyhow, if using a stitch holder/cable needle just whatever works is fine. Sometimes I use one, sometimes I don't.
Feb 19, 2017 18:34:07   #
I just use a circular needle - things tend not to slip that way
Feb 19, 2017 20:11:05   #
I am no expert but I think your cable needle does not affect the size of the knitting as it is the needle you actually knit with that affects the tension. So you could put them on a stitch holder or pin anything so long as it holds the stitches...nothing too large of course.
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