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:
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.