nothing seems more daunting to a new knitter then cables, & then nothing is more gratifying to a new knitter than having mastered cables, you'll even be surprised that it wasn't so difficult after all, & now look how impressive a knitter you have become.
the petawawa cable toque (from knitting booklet #2), w/ it's honeycomb cable pattern, is one of my favorites, you have all these easy stockinette rows (just mindless knitting on circulars) & then these front & back working cables on that same row that seem to magically unravel into this amazing design, kind of all of a sudden you notice the honeycomb just taking over, trust me instant gratification.
*as for tools needed, i have a cable needle hanging around, so i do use that, & sure it helps to keep the stitches from not slipping (although, mine is metal, making it a slippery nuisance, i do love the wooden ones, but?!) & as a new knitter having proper tools is all part of the joy. i'm also confident that in most cases a dpn (double pointed needle) does the trick just fine too, seriously it is what i usually use.
(below) finally, i can go back to the sts being held on the cable needle (in this case, from the cable sts held in front of the work) & knit those, then continue in this way for the cables. Easy right?!
the following patterns include cable techniques, petawawa cable toque, windsor headband & auora reversible cable cowl (from knitting booklet #2), also, simcoe headband from (knitting booklet #1)
MORE knitting tips & tutorials for the knitting patterns from good night day:modern & minimalist knitting booklet (vol. 1 &2)