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.

9 Comments:

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. :)
Katherine
www.anxiousdog.com

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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