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Feb 19, 2017 20:21:23   #
maggiemaehall
 
The cable needle is basically a "holder" and I feel it does not affect my work. The main knitting needles affect the work.
 
Feb 19, 2017 20:59:15   #
seamer45 (a regular here)
 
I use whatever is handy if I happen to forget a cable needle,it won't affect your knitting. Honestly, at town meeting here in central Vermont you'd be astounded at what the ladies use, at least 5 or 6 people forget cable needles because they were in a rush to get to the meeting on time.
Feb 20, 2017 00:02:37   #
klrober (a regular here)
 
For sock yarn I use a locking stitch marker.
Feb 20, 2017 02:30:53   #
wickedangel
 
I don't use cable needles, I just switch the stitches. But when I first began cables, I didn't have a cable needle so I used a dpn. As long as it is not a bigger gauge than the needles you are using, I find it doesn't matter if they are a smaller gauge.
Feb 20, 2017 06:00:06   #
sdresner
 
I don't think the cable needle size really matters..you're still knitting the stitches with the proper needle
Feb 20, 2017 06:32:46   #
Kitchenergal
 
dorceyt wrote:
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

Dorcey


I use a bamboo straight double point needle. The stitches do not slip off and it works just great. Just choose one that's close to the same size that you're working with.
 
Feb 20, 2017 06:34:39   #
aknitter
 
A cable needle is really just a stitch holder and will not determine the size of the stitch. I use whatever is in reach and never have an issue.
Feb 20, 2017 07:26:06   #
Catarry
 
dorceyt wrote:
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

Dorcey


Don't worry!...I just use a stick of some sort that's smaller than my working needle. When you knit, the size of your left needle or stitch holder doesn't have any effect on your gauge. As long as you knit off the stitch holder/cable needle with your correct project needle you'll be fine.

I'm working on a project with size 6 yarn, and just worked my cable cross with a ball point pen as my holder. I frequently use a dpn, and mostly think that buying a cable needle is kind of unnecessary.
Feb 20, 2017 07:27:39   #
simplyelizabeth (a regular here)
 
Kitchenergal wrote:
I use a bamboo straight double point needle. The stitches do not slip off and it works just great. Just choose one that's close to the same size that you're working with.


They work great for me too.
Feb 20, 2017 07:29:30   #
ynotknit
 
DPNs work perfectly, and if you are afraid of the stitches falling off, put a point protector on the end.
Feb 20, 2017 07:33:17   #
susie13
 
I'm currently using a crochet hook a size smaller to hold my stitches as I couldn't find my cable needle either.
 
Feb 20, 2017 07:33:35   #
martyr
 
Catarry wrote:
Don't worry!...I just use a stick of some sort that's smaller than my working needle. When you knit, the size of your left needle or stitch holder doesn't have any effect on your gauge. As long as you knit off the stitch holder/cable needle with your correct project needle you'll be fine.

I'm working on a project with size 6 yarn, and just worked my cable cross with a ball point pen as my holder. I frequently use a dpn, and mostly think that buying a cable needle is kind of unnecessary.
Don't worry!...I just use a stick of some sort tha... (show quote)


Would have to agree with all - cable needle doesn't have to be any size, but when I use one my preference is smaller. If I am doing small cables, 2 to four stitch width, I just drop them off the back or front, they really aren't going to ravel without some pulling,then pick them up on to needle when it's their turn.
Feb 20, 2017 07:36:15   #
eenjean
 
When I first did a cable stitch, I did not have a holder, so, I cut the hook from a metal hanger, worked great.
Feb 20, 2017 07:44:11   #
ValCC76
 
marilyngf wrote:
I never use a cable needle for cables. Just switch the yarn back and forth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6DB6WhAKvY


I agree! Only for 4 or less though, I think it would get tricky for more, depending on your yarn and personal tension :)
Feb 20, 2017 07:49:30   #
SouthernGirl
 
you could use a dpn with stitch protectors on each end
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