Cable needles are also often referred to as curved needles. They are designed to conveniently hold stitches for you as you work. Plus, they are nickel plated, which means they will cling to other handy accessories like a Maker’s Keep. Our range of cable knitting needles include some great options developed by Cocoknits.
A cable needle is a very short, double pointed needle. They often have a curve or dip in the middle. They are used to hold a small number of stiches either to the front or back of the work. This allows you to knit cables.
Do you need cable needles for knitting cables?
While there are some techniques that can be used to create a ‘1 over 1’ cable without a cable needle, a cable needle really is essential for doing anything more complex. If you’re in a pinch, you could use a double pointed needle instead, but you’ll find a specially designed needle more convenient and easier to use.
Cable needles also normally have a dip in the middle to prevent stitches from sliding off. However, there are also straight cable needles available. These normally have some kind of texture in the middle of the needle to hold the stitches securely.
How to use cable knitting needles
A ‘cable’ is created when you work the stitches in the fabric in a different order than appear on the needles. This creates a twist in the fabric. These ‘twists’ can be arranged to create intricate patterns. Cable designs often combine knit and purl stitches for additional definition and impact. It might sound complicated, but it is very simple once you understand the basics.
A cable needle is used to hold a small number of stitches in front of or behind the fabric. This allows you to work the next stitches on the needle. You then return to work the stitches held on the cable needle.
It’s important your cable needle is a similar size to the main needle you’re knitting with. A cable needle set will include a range of needle sizes for this reason.
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