Double Pointed

11 years ago

Double Pointed
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Difference between cable needle and double-pointed needle?

I’m trying to learn how to cable knit, but I’m wondering if I could substitute the cable stitch needle with a double-pointed needle. Is that okay, or do I need a cable stitch needle?

Yes, you can. A cable needle is an aide to you, so it needs to function in a way that works well for you–not the other way around.

Honestly, you can substitute anything, including a toothpick, that will hold the right number of stitches and will let you put them on one end and take them off the other. Back when I used cable needles, I preferred the ones that look like a double-pointed needle with a hump (or dip) in it. Other people prefer the U-shaped ones. There’s nothing magic about the shape of the needle. I love cabled patterns and have done many over the years, and eventually I got to the point where *any* cable needle was a distraction, so I learned to do cables without one. Works for me.

Knitting in the Round Part 1: Double Pointed Needles

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