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  • Wondering if there are tips for working cables in the round?

  • Interesting to see the “shepherds crook” cable needles. My favorite is from a fiber festival where someone was selling large hand carved “tapestry needle”/anything tools. They’re unique and lovely and a little twisty-turny and unfinished wood so they grip the stitches nicely.

  • Thank you, again, Kate. Your special teaching touch takes the ‘scary’ out of yet another technique. In addition, pointing the way to Carol Feller”s cable arches video (which I had been too scared to even watch) showed me what a fun technique that is! I LOVE binding off – and right in the middle of a hat to boot! Luckily I own the REFRESH Field Guide so I will probably postpone a massive all-stockinette palette cleanser to play around with her hat. I had purchased this Field Guide with blind faith that one day I would get up the nerve to tackle both that hat and the Trellis Top one day. Looks like that day has come!

  • The two recent articles on cables are terrific. I’d love to see one more on how to refine cable knitting. Specifically, on how to avoid distorted stitches at the edges of cables, and on how to estimate how much a cable will pull in to reduce the width of the knitted piece.

  • Yet another great column from you. I don’t care how long you’ve been knitting, there’s always things to learn.

  • Learned something today! Thanks for the “right back”tip! My favorite needle is the shepherd’s crook also!

  • I don’t find making cable difficult BUT my big problem is counting the rows between the twists. short of clicking a row counter, how do you tell when it’s time to twist? How do you count rows?

    • I usually put a locking stitch marker on the first stitch of the cable and count from that.

  • Thank you for this, from a fellow Torontonian. I have been feeling that cable needles were old school but I have great difficulty doing cables without the extra needle (all the twisting and tight stitches were aggravating my arthritis). I use anything handy, like a pencil if necessary, but I prefer the curved cable needles you mentioned. As always, your articles are the best!