I'm teaching myself to cable. This is a free Lion Brand pattern and I've found that the cable hook is difficult for my big fingers. I'm having better luck with the V-shaped cable needle. What does everyone else use?


Bill's picture

I like the "J" hook....I pick up with the short end...and knit off the long end...

RCC's picture

I prefer the "J" hook as well.


Celowin's picture

I am just learning to cable, but I use a straight needle with a v-shaped indentation in the middle.

yarnivore's picture

I just use a short dpn. I have big hands, too, and the dpn gives me a little more to hold on to, and more control.


I'll stop after this row. Honest.

I use a wooden dpn a size or two smaller than my working needles. I started using it because I didn't have a cable needle at the time and I found it works just fine for me.


I like the J hook best because I have dropped stitches using the dpns and "v" hook. What a nice job on your first project! I made that scarf for a Christmas gift last year.

kiwiknitter's picture

I don't use a cable needle any longer. Here is the technique I now use and like more:

I really feel it's easier on the stitches. The key is to firmly hold the stitches while they are off the needle so that they don't turn or run.

My knitting is totally tubular!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

ronhuber's picture

I agree with Jessie. Try to learn to cable without an extra needle and your life will be much easier.