A cable needle can be great, but sometimes it can slow you down. Or you just forget it. Or lose it.
Up-level your knitting game by cabling without a cable needle.
A few things to keep in mind:
Sharper needles will help, especially when you’re learning.
A sticky wool makes it easier not to drop stitches.
Practice on a swatch as a safe way to learn without ruining your project.
Start out with a medium-weight yarn and needles (around a worsted weight). It’s easier to learn this technique when you’re not working with tiny yarn and needles.
Cables that require more than one set of moves aren’t good candidates for this technique. Stick with a cable needle for those.
These pictures feature a 2×2 cable – all knit, but the technique applies to most cables.