Tuesday, January 02, 2007

new knitting know-how

Here's a snazzy little knitting trick: cabling without a cable needle. I just learned how to do this and it's great! What a time saver. (Wish I'd looked it up sooner.) As far as knitting-techniques-that-make-your-life-easier go, this is right up there Magic Loop and the Continental method, as far as I'm concerned.


Anonymous margaux said...

yea! that technique is so liberating... and silly how it wasn't learned sooner, right!? looks good!

5:10 PM  
Blogger Niki, with one "k" said...

I'm tempted to try it...but it looks kind of scary! Truth is, I could really use this technique on the cabled blanket I'm making right now.

Is continental knitting any faster? My sister knits that way and swears by it.

10:51 PM  
Blogger krazybarrister said...

ain't it great?!

11:33 PM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

I have to agree with you - just learned the no cable needle thing and the magic loop too. Now I'm working on continental while I do some 2-handed stranded fair isle - more than you wanted to know?! Sorry! Happy New Year!!!

3:19 AM  
Blogger Leanne said...

I already knit continental (as for the "is it faster question of a previous commenter, in my experience it is much faster than the "drop the needle, wrap the yarn around, pick the needle back up" method, but I have seen some throwers that knit just as fast (or faster) than I do). And I recently tried the Magic Loop (love it!).

Next time I do something with cables, I will definitely try this. I'm so tired of misplacing my cable needle!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

can you believe I'm scared to learn that! I'm doing cable socks right now and it would sure come in handy. I may have to bite the bullet and just do it....I agree with Magic Loop - it is the ONLY way I do socks! Continental knitting is another one of those things - I can do 2 handed fair isle, so essentially I am knitting continental already, but I'd need practice!

8:18 AM  
Anonymous binet said...

live stitches send me into a panic. lookin' good though!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the cables look as neat and clean as when you use a cable needle? It's hard for my newbie-knitter eyes to tell.

I learned how to knit Continental (or as my Jewish friend calls it, "Like a Jew") just last weekend and it has made a HUGE difference in my knitting speed. :)

9:55 AM  
Blogger Windansea said...

Thanks for posting that...it's a really clear explanation. Gotta try that soon! Lydia

12:24 PM  

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