cabling without a needle?

I’d heard about cabling without a cable needle before, and it had been recommended to me on several occasions, especially when I moaned about not liking cables. But I put off trying it for a very long time, it just didn’t appeal to me. However, after I started Gretel a few days ago, it became so apparent that cabling was going to be slowing me down significantly. So I decided to try this needle-less cabling everyone’s been talking about. Luckily, Ysolda’s pattern recommended to check out Grumperina’s site. I was absolutely thrilled! This is by far one of the best knitting tutorials I have seen anywhere on the net. Everything is so clear, and any question that may occur to you has already been answered. Seriously, even if you don’t care one bit about cabling without a cable needle, go look at these two tutorials (for right-twist and left-twist cables), they are awesome.

And the technique is very easy.

And indeed much faster. But I’m not sure if my stitches are coming out kind of soggy, i.e. stretched out… No final verdict at the moment.

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About fridica

I started knitting completely by accident, when I was visiting my parents for a holiday in 2008. On a boring Sunday afternoon, I decided to dig through their stash of books to see if there was anything interesting to take back to my apartment. A knitting manual happened to be one of the books I found. I got curious, my mom immediately dug out her old needles and yarn stash (which she hadn’t used in a decade at least), and in a few minutes we were both casting on - she by memory, I by following the instructions from the book… :) Since I normally prefer learning from books, this was ideal.. I took the book home with me, and very very soon - I was an addict.

7 thoughts on “cabling without a needle?

  1. I love it so much I’d almost forgotten what a PITA it is cabling with a needle.

    It is one of those techniques that takes 5 minutes to learn and saves a million HOURS of hassle.

  2. Well done! That’s a technique I haven’t tried yet, I will soon. Your project looks gorgeous! All those lovely, lovely cables, very yummy!

  3. I’ve always loved cables, and quickly discovered cabling without a cable needle. Then I really loved cables. :) It’s great to not have to go digging around for an extra needle, you just can keep knitting! I think your stitches will be fine.

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