Game Changer: Cables without a Cable Needle
I’ll be quick—a lot going on around here, including the tender care of Kermit the Magnificent, everybody’s favorite microinfluencer and cat about town. He’s under the weather, and I’m not happy about it.
Here’s the thing. I’ve been motoring away on Erika Knight’s Escalator Scarf from Field Guide No. 20: Atlas, and Cristina pointed out that I haven’t talked about how I’m working the swervy, asymmetrical cables.
I’m doing them without a cable needle, that short little needle that I invariably lose in the sofa cushions.
I’m so used to working smallish cables without using a cable needle that it hadn’t even occurred to me to note this.
But I’m thinking back to the day I learned how to do this, and truly, it was one of my all-time favorite lightbulb moments in knitting.
Our regular contributor Kate Atherley is really, really good at taking us up close to a technique, and I love her MDK post where she explains the basics of knitting cables without a cable needle. Here you go:
Some cables are too wide for this technique, she explains. But for a project like my Escalator Scarf, it makes life so easy.
For everyone who’s thinking cables are tricky and require a special little needle, this one’s for you!
And if you are really brand new to cables, have a look at Kate Atherley’s superb introduction to cables with a cable needle, right here.