Hi, I'm a new member and have been enjoying the information shared.
I'm in the Dallas, Texas area and have been knitting for about 4
years. I am self taught but consider myself an intermediate beginner.
I have knitted scarves, socks and 1 sweater (which was my 2nd
project! ) and wanted to try using a cable needle. I have a stocking
cap pattern with a simple cable in WW wool that I am using and it
specifies #8 needles but does not give a clue to how long the cable
should be. I knit my socks using the 2 at a time method with 40"
cables. I am growing very frustrated with the process of trying to
determine how long a cable should be for a project. I'm finding that
there are quite a lot of patterns that tell you to use cable needles
in a certain size but don't say the length of the cable.
Is there some rule of thumb for determining the length you need? I'm
down to a 16" cable but didn't take into account the length of the
needles. The only smaller set I could find is an interchangable set
which is fine but you have the add the length of the needles to the
length of the cable. I guess I will have to go and get a 12" cable and
try that. I finally got frustrated and cast on to DPN to get the hat
started. I do realize I will have to go to DPNs when I decrease for
the top of the hat but wanted to start on the cable needles for the
Thanks for letting me rant...... now if I can just figure out how to
know how long the total length of needles and cable needs to be.
- posted 12 years ago