I’m an avid aran cable knitter generally of multicoloured tweed yarns, but have expanded into different yarn weights and materials, thinking finally to do something with my enormous unused stash of exquisite Noro yarns, and have had occasion (Christmas) to use circular needles for the first time (also foraged and stashed and hitherto unused). I found them unfalteringly annoying, with their twisty-turny nylon cable of doom.
My question then is: are there other cable or cord types, ideally for interchangeable circular needles, and what are their advantages / disadvantages? (E.g. are other cables better or worse for magic loop knitting?)
Sub-question - why are the gauges of the cables the same and not more nearly the gauge of the needle? I would like to graduate onto doing aran knits in the round, using multiple colours (if possible) and worry that I would lose some of the cable loft and neatness in the hurly-twirly-burly of a narrower gauge nylon cord ruckus.
As a tight knitter generally using scratchy wools I usually use metal pins (also they feel more ‘real’) so generally prefer a slippy needle and imagine I would prefer the cable to be likewise, so can anyone recommend a set of interchangeable circular needles with this and the cord quandary in mind?
With many thanks and a hopeful heart…