Thanks gents - new trick learned

New trick learned

A while ago I was reading a train of conversation on MWK about cabling without a cable needle… I was intrigued but daunted.

Well, the jumper I am working on is ALL cables (Jane Ellison, Beck), I figured that this was one technique I should learn to save time.

After a few initial hick ups and a slow start, I got it!

Thanks for the inspiration to learn a new skill men. (This sample is still on the needles so needs blocking yet)


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rc_in_sd's picture

Wow - all that without a cable needle! It's beautiful. Nice job!

Craig's picture

The cables look great.

Have been knitting for years. I knit continually then will try another craft, but will return to the needles.

MMario's picture

colour me impressed!

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DavidAtlGA's picture

Paul... This looks fantastic! I too have tossed my cable needles and love the freedom!!

For those of you who are interested, I found this site ( to be great at explaining the concept and have been able to easily translate it to most cables...


Spicemanknit's picture

Very Impressive! To be honest, after reading the attached link, this method really looks complicated. That's not to say there is a wrong or right way to make cable stitches...just a new way of reinventing the wheel :)

steve kadel's picture

nice work. i do most cables with cable needle unless it's a lot of stitches.

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice work. I really like the colorway. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Kerry's picture

Your jumper is coming along really well Paul, those cables look impressive.

Stephouche's picture

And, pray tell, is there a direction in which you can point us aspiring novices to learn such a technique?
Inquiring minds want to know ;-)

PhilNmtl's picture

If You Could Recommend One Book

I was surfing a bit looking at books on knitting technique, colour, texture and design. If you could recommend one book to cover the works, what would it be. Or would it be a book? This inquiring mind wants to know....and buy it :-) Thanks - Phil

PaulJMC's picture

Thanks boys for the kind words - I am looking forward to finishing this one, the Jo Sharp Tweed is so soft and beautiful (thath has spmething to do with the Wool / Alpaca / silk mix no doubt :)

Books - I bought one knitting bible from the bookshop - there were loads of them but i needed one with clear pictures and a good gerenal over view (I still consider myslef a novice too) BUT better than any book has been the internet - and You-Tube are great resources. You-Tube especially.

It was good old You Tube that finally got me going on this technique.

P :)

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