Cables Without a Cable Needle

Increase the speed of your cable knitting by eliminating the use of a cable needle. This video demonstrates both the left cross (stitches held to the front) and right cross (stitches held to the back) cables to make your next project a quick knit.

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  1. kim Baker
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Michelle, I am so happy that I stopped by your shop that day in March during the month of March! What a treasure you and you skills are to me. I love your videos! I will be buying your book in the near future and will probably be giving one for Christmas!!!!!

  2. Posted July 5, 2012 at 10:40 am | Permalink

    It is so nice to hear from you! I am very fortunate to teach in such a lovely local shop. I will pass along your compliments to the owner. I hope we can knit together soon online or in the shop!!!

  3. Dagmar
    Posted July 5, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Day one and I’ve already learned something new. Pretty slick, knitting without that cable needle in tow. Thanks a bunch!

  4. Betsy
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Thank you! This video has been so helpful after my attempts using printed material failed. I have two questions:
    1. what is the rationale for bringing the yarn to the front when slipping the st(s) for the right slant cable? I’ve found it’s easier to insert the left needle in the back of the st and that the resultant cable looks a bit looser.
    2. on the left slant cable, my pattern says to knit the slipped st through the back loop; is it possible to do without a cable needle and I’ve just not figured it out yet?

  5. Posted April 4, 2013 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    1. When working with a cable needle you actually have the yarn in front when knitting the sts after the held sts so you must do the same even without a cable needle.
    2. It is possible. I would place the slipped st back on the left hand needle and knit it through the back loop.
    Happy knitting!

  6. Christina
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your videos are so helpful and so calming! This particular tip for not having to use cable needles has saved me so much time and it’s always a pleasant challenge to slip out the needle and catch the stitches without losing them!

  7. Pamela Norris
    Posted June 6, 2014 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    I was delighted to see how to do this especially since I have such a hard time with the cable needles. I do, however; find it difficult because of the tightness and I have arthritis in my hands. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thanks so very much,

  8. Posted June 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Sorry for your pain. Many knitters find relief from compression gloves. There are some made just for knitters.

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  • By Independence Pillow on July 5, 2012 at 7:56 am

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