I have cable needles that are labeled for sizes 0 -8. Are there cable needles for larger sizes? Or is it pretty much one size fits all? Thanks in advance. :shrug:
Cable Needle Question
Since the cable needle is only intended to hold the stitches out of the way until it’s their turn to be knitted, size truly doesn’t matter.
I’ve always used a pulled-out bobby pin for my cable needle. And won blue ribbons for my county fair cabled-sweaters. Just spread the tips of the bobby pin until it’s like V shaped. When not in use, you can keep it hooked in and out of your work.
I use whatever dpn I can grap. Or pencil, chopstick, crochet hook…
I’ve even used toothpicks for cabling socks on size 0 or 1 needles. You can use anything that is smaller then your working needle.
I like the bobbypin idea - never thought of that one!
I usually use DPNs, or no cable needle at all if it’s 3 stitches or less. I think in this case, size really doesn’t matter!
I just finished making a cabled afghan on size 17 needles and I just used the small cable needle, probably the one you’re describing, and it was fine. I know you can get larger cable needles, but I don’t have room for anything else. lol.
It doesn’t have to be the same size as the needle you’re working with; many sizes smaller will work too.
Honestly, you don’t have to use a cable needle at all. There’s a video here about cabling without a cable needle, but my favorite tutorial is Grumperina’s, if I’m remembering right. Anyhow, a quick google will bring up a ton of links.
I happen to have 2 different cable needles. One is a size 0 and I use it a lot. The other is about a size 8 or 9 and I have never used it.