I am getting ready to start a baby blanket that has C4B cable in it. Am I able to just us a dpn as a cable needle, or do i really need to get an actual cable needle?
You can use a dpn, a skewer, chopstick, opened paperclip - anything fairly straight and short and smaller than the needles you're using.
That's what I was thinking, but i'm getting to leave for a long weekend so i thought i'd better be sure before I'm miles away from any walmart, hobby lobby or lys!
You can even cross sts for a cable without a cable needle:http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/crossing-cables-without-a-cable-needle
I have cable needles, but I find using a dpn is much easier for me. So yes, a dpn is a good choice.
If its a smaller cable I don't even use a cable needle. I do have a short straight one like DPN though for bigger ones.
I do cables without a cable needle. You can use a bobby pin also.