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« on: October 11, 2006 08:04:15 AM »

I am a fairly advance beginner at knitting, I can make 2 needle mittens, scarves and two needle hats. However, I have never done the cable stitch. Do you have to use a special needle for that? I thought  I heard somewhere that you could use a third knitting needle, but I am probably wrong.  And also, is there a good beginner pattern I could complete fairly easily?
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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2006 08:07:46 AM »

yup, you do need a cable needle...

http://www.amazon.com/Lion-Brand-Cable-Stitch-Needles-2/dp/B0007LHJYM/sr=8-1/qid=1160579245/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-2964001-4961759?ie=UTF8
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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2006 08:09:31 AM »

It's not so hard, once you get the hang of it... my first cable project was the "hurry up spring armwarmers" in SnB Nation - looked scary at first, but with a little grit and determination, turned out fine!
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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2006 08:12:46 AM »

Well, no, you actually don't need a cable needle.  I've used a third plain straight needle, an extra double pointed needle, and even a stitch holder, to make cables.  It doesn't even technically have to be the same gauge as your project needles, since all you do is slip stitches onto it, shove them out of the way, then knit them back onto the needles.  In fact, I found that a plain ol' stitch holder works very well, and in much the same way as certain types of cable needles.
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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2006 08:13:29 AM »

I never use a cable needle, I just use a #3 knitting needle to keep my stiches on. Then I just move them back onto the needle when it comes time to knit them. I meant to buy a cable needle, but it was late at night when I wanted to try cables so I improvised. Now I see no need to buy one.

I just started with a cable swatch, then did whatever pattern I felt like cause I knew I could cable.
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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2006 08:15:29 AM »

thanks.Smiley I'll have to get a copy of stitch and bitch nation.
lothruin, thanks. I never thought of a stitch holder. Smiley I may try cabling after all. It sounds simple....lol until I get started anyway!
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2006 08:16:23 AM »

I never use a cable needle, I just use a #3 knitting needle to keep my stiches on. Then I just move them back onto the needle when it comes time to knit them. I meant to buy a cable needle, but it was late at night when I wanted to try cables so I improvised. Now I see no need to buy one.

I just started with a cable swatch, then did whatever pattern I felt like cause I knew I could cable.
sounds like a good idea to me. Practice is definately something I need to do. ...........off to practice Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006 08:20:55 AM »

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Well, no, you actually don't need a cable needle.  I've used a third plain straight needle, an extra double pointed needle, and even a stitch holder, to make cables.  It doesn't even technically have to be the same gauge as your project needles, since all you do is slip stitches onto it, shove them out of the way, then knit them back onto the needles.  In fact, I found that a plain ol' stitch holder works very well, and in much the same way as certain types of cable needles.

True, true.  I guess I have just always used one (there was one in the knitting supplies that I inherited when I started to knit).

However you hold onto the stitch until you need it again, you should just remember that you're basically moving a stitch out of the way, knitting the next one, and then going back to the previous one.  Or the next two, or the next three, depending on how thick your cable is.
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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2006 09:03:13 AM »

True, true.  I guess I have just always used one (there was one in the knitting supplies that I inherited when I started to knit).

However you hold onto the stitch until you need it again, you should just remember that you're basically moving a stitch out of the way, knitting the next one, and then going back to the previous one.  Or the next two, or the next three, depending on how thick your cable is.

I always thought cable stitch was something really complicated. But if its just moving stitches I may be okay Wink
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2006 09:46:52 AM »

i just bought my first set of cable needles.  honestly, i never realized there were specific needles for this, i just used a dpn of similar gauge.  when i saw the cable needles in the store, it all clicked for me.  it appears that it will be a lot easier for me with the cable needles, as they have that little notchy thingie and i always have a problem with the dpn slipping out and then i have that moment of panic where i'm sure i'm going to drop the stitch.  i also bought my first crochet hook and now it's sooooooo easy to pick up dropped stitches!  who knew?  i guess i'm just the type that tends to do things the hard way....
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