I just recently made this (pictures are in the Whatcha Knitting? forum section). I think that one problem in using a small cable needle, especially in this particular pattern, is that the stitches may fall off. I also didn’t have a large cable needle, so instead I used my large crochet hook as the cable needle. I inserted the end with the hook into the six stitches, and then it actually held it really well because the hook prevented the stitches from slipping off. Then I just knitted it from the non-hooked end of the crochet needle. Even if you have a crochet hook that’s smaller than the gauge of the knitting needles, the hook will still probably do a better job at keeping the stitches on. It worked really well for me Good luck!