Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects. But if you’ve never crocheted one before, it can be a bit intimidating. They’re made by skipping a set of stitches (usually two or three, depending on the stitch width of the cable), then crossing front and back post stitches to create that twisted effect. So once you get the hang of it, it’s actually pretty fun to make, and our tutorial can teach you how to crochet cables.
While there are many different kinds of crochet cables, the below tutorial follows a basic design to get you started.
Six-Stitch Crochet Cable
- dc: double crochet
- ch: chain
- fpdc: front post double crochet
- bpdc: back post double crochet
1. Chain 20. Skip 2 ch (this is your turning chain), then work 2 rows of double crochet. These will serve as your foundation.
2. Ch 3, dc in next 6 sts, skip next 3 sts, fpdc into the next stitch.
Repeat this fpdc for 2 more sts. You should now have 3 front-post double crochet stitches that are slanting to the right.
3. Go back to the first of the 3 skipped stitches and fpdc into the 1st, 2nd, then 3rd sts. This will create stitches that slant to the left.
Dc in remaining sts to the end of the row.
4. Turn, ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 6 sts, dc to end.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 (the cable row and wrong side row) to work the cable pattern.
Good to Know: When you’re crocheting cables, keep your pattern easily available, especially if there are multiple cables. It’s easy to get mixed up as to which way to cross your cables.
Crochet Cables in Action
Ready to test your skills? Here are some crochet cable patterns to try!
Parker Cable Crochet Socks
Get a how-to for making these stylish socks in 11 different sizes (and practice your cabling along the way). They’re perfect for wearing around the house on chilly days.
Giant Crochet Cable Pillow
Jumbo yarn, a large hook and post stitches make for a comfy (and squishy) pillow pattern. This project will add so much style to your room!
Infinity Cable Scarf
This is the winter accessory. The scarf is gorgeous for guys and gals, thanks to the offset cable design and fabulous drape.
We used the cable stitch in this week’s square for the Block a Week CAL 2014, and I loved it so much that I thought I should do a tutorial on it (and use it in some patterns while I’m at it). The crochet cable stitch, or 3-dc cross-over, is worked over 4 st’s. It is tricky to work this stitch into a foundation chain, so I suggest starting with a base row/round with multiples of 4 st’s. If you need help figuring out how many chains to make for your required/preferred base row/round, see this post by Rhonda from OombawkaDesign.
Working in Rounds/Spirals
When working in rounds, start with a base round with multiples of 4 st’s. This stitch does not lend itself well to increasing in the round, but is perfect for things like cowls or boot-cuffs where each round has the same number of stitches. If you are working in rounds without turning, all the cables will slant the same way.
Working in Rows
When working in rows, start with a base row that has multiples of 4 (+2) st’s. These 2 extra stitches allow for a dc on either end of the row, which is vital if you would like a straight edge.
If you are working in rows, you can either repeat the cable stitch in each row, in which case your cables will slant right in one row and left in the next (see the yellow dishcloth below). Or you can alternate the cable stitch rows with rows of standard single crochet, in which case all your cables will slant in the same direction (see the striped dishcloth below).
You can find the patterns for these dishcloths here.
Crochet Cable Stitch Photo Tutorial
Chart Symbol and Written Instructions
For my example, I am starting with a base row of 14 sc’s. When making sc rows, you need to add 1 chain to the stitch count. I will therefore start with 15 ch’s to give me a base row of 14 sc’s, which will be (3 multiples of 4) + 2 st’s.
Ch 15. Sc in the second chain from the hook and each ch across (Photo 1). Turn.
Stith Count: 14 sc’s
- If you are going to use the same colour, ch 3 (this counts as your first dc – see Photo 2 above) or start with a chainless double crochet.
- If you are going to use a different colour, start with a standing double crochet in the last sc of the previous round.
*Skip the next st (indicated with an arrow in Photo 2). Dc in the next 3 st’s (Photo 3). Working over the 3 dc’s, yarn over and insert your hook into the skipped stitch (indicated with an arrow in Photo 4). Pull up a loop to the height of the dc’s – see Photo 5. This loop should encompass the 3 dc’s and should be visible on the front AND back of your work. (Yarn over and pull through 2 loops) twice, completing an extended (or long) dc (Photo 6).* Repeat from * to * 2 more times. Dc in the last st (Photo 9).
Stitch Count: 2 dc’s and 3 cable stitches Photos 7 and 8 below illustrate the second cable stitch being made, with the skipped stitch indicated with an arrow. You can use this stitch anywhere you would like to add some dainty texture to your work, provided that you have a multiple of 4 st’s to work into, and keeping in mind that you will need 2 extra stitches if you are working in rows.
I hope you have found this tutorial useful and feel inspired to make something using this stitch, like these 2 free crochet dishcloths.
Free Cable Stitch Patterns
These two gorgeous patterns below use a modified version of the cable stitch, but the principle is the same!
l by CrochetN’Crafts by CrochetN’Crafts
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Who said cables were only for working on two knitting needles? In this tutorial we will show you an easy way to make cables with crochet too. If you are a person that loves to use this technique for your sweaters, there’s no excuse not to anymore.
Before beginning, here is a list of stitches we are going to use in this tutorial:
- How to treble crochet[PW1] .
Let’s start our sample by making the foundation chain.
We will work the next two rows in half double crochet, to reach the height to start the cable.
BEGINNING OF THE CABLE
Once you have reached the point where you want to place your cable, we are going to start working 4 treble crochet, but instead of working them in the same row that you are working now, we will work them two rows below.
We show you how in the following video:
Keep in mind that when you finish working the 4 treble crochet, you must continue by working the next stitch in the actual row, skipping the four stitches that correspond to the four treble crochet worked below, and working the next half double crochet in the fifth stitch.
After working the base of the cable, your piece will look like the above photo.
On even rows you should work half double crochet into each stitch.
CROSSING POINT OF THE CABLE
Now we are going to work the crossing point of the cable, we made a video for you, so you can see more clearly how it is done:
Remember, that when you work the crossing point, first you have to work the third and fourth stitches (counting from right to left) and then the first and second stitches. To make it easier to work these last two stitches, you can lift them, as shown in the video.
After crossing the stitches, your cables will look like the photo above.
We will work another complete row in half double crochet.
ROWS TO LENGTHEN THE CABLE
You can repeat the next row as many times as you want so your cable grows until you make another crossing point.
In the next video we show you how:
This row is an easy one, you just have to work treble crochet into the stitches of the previous row.
After finishing this row, you will have finished the first cable repeat.
Keep repeating the process described in this section to make the separation between crossing points as tall as you wish. Remember that the even rows are always worked in half double crochet.
And there you have your cables! With a skein of wool, a crochet hook, and this tutorial you can make some cool winter garments and accessories. We hope you share your projects with us on social media with the hashtag #weareknitters. You are a source of constant inspiration!
[PW1]En biblia es ¨triple¨ y en video es ¨treble¨
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Crochet cables are easier to manage than you might assume. The visual look of the braiding going in and out and around each other is an illusion that is easy to accomplish.
This stitch can be accomplished with any size hook and/or yarn choice. You just have to ensure the yarn compliments the hook in sizing. For example, I have accomplished this design using Bernat’s Baby Blanket Yarn that is really thick requiring a 10 mm or N size crochet hook.
The trick to making the project bigger is knowing to keep each multiple in sets of 12 stitches. When doing your first chain, your chain must be in groups of 12 to work. At the end of the chain, you must add 5 extra chains to ensure the entire project will stay in balance in appearance. I explain this in the video tutorial.
Each cable consists of 9 stitches with each part of the braid of the cable consists of 3 stitches.
To Make Different Sizes
Multiple of 12 sts + 5.
Remember the + number at the end of the sentence means that you are to add chains at the very end to maintain the pattern as written.
- Using yarn and hook that compliment each other.
- Abbreviations CH – chain, DC – Double Crochet, STS – Stitch(es), FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet, HDC – Half Double Crochet, BPDC – Back Post Double Crochet, FPTR – Front Post Treble Crochet.
- Chain in multiples of 12 across. At the end of the chain, add 5 extra chains. DC into 4th CH from the hook and into each chain across. Turn.
- CH 3, DC into next two stitches. * Skip 3 STS FPTR into each of the next 3 sts. Place 1 FPTR into each of the skipped STS. 1 FPDC into next 3 available STS. DC into next 3 and repeat * again across. Final 3 stitches will be 1 DC into each.
- Ch 2, 1 HDC into next 2 STS. * BPDC into next 9 STS (back of the complete cable section) and 1 HDC into each of the next 3 sts. Repeat * across. Final 3 stitches will be 1 HDC into each.
- CH 3, DC into next two stitches. * 1 FPDC into next 3 sts. Skip 3 STS FPTR into each of the next 3 sts. Place 1 FPTR into each of the skipped sts. DC into the next 3 and repeat * again across. Final 3 stitches will be 1 DC into each.
- Ch 2, 1 HDC into next 2 sts. * BPDC into next 9 sts (part of the cable) and 1 HDC into each of the next 3 sts. Repeat * across. Final 3 stitches will be 1 HDC into each.
You will continue to repeat the cable rows 2 – 5 continuously until the end of your project. In the video, I have referred to these as repeating the cable rows 1 – 4 as there are only 4 rows that repeat each other.
For the finishing, you will just CH 3, and 1 DC into each across.
Need help to visualize this? Just follow my tutorial below.
Video Tutorial (Right & Left)
I said that constantly in my head since I started crocheting. And it’s simply not true.
I tried crochet cables for the first time a few weeks ago and was STUNNED at how easy it is. It’s not overwhelming, it’s not confusing. It’s a matter of counting and paying attention – like all crochet.
And the stitches themselves are as simple as front and back post double crochet! (Just like the basketweave stitch which we covered earlier this week)
I don’t know what I was so afraid of. I should have done this years ago!
I knew I had to do a cable swatch for the next episode of my new series, Stitch Dictionary – the place where you can find tons of new, unique stitches to try!
This is a great way to try out cables in an easy-to-conquer project. Turn it into a pillow if you just do this one swatch, or follow along with Stitch Dictionary and make all the 11 x 11″ swatches with me to form a Stitch Dictionary Throw!
Be sure to watch the video tutorial below – it’ll help ya lots. The written pattern is uber confusing (it’s not me, it’s the cables!)
Now go cable it up – you’ve got this.
-Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick (I used Fig)
-Size N/P 10mm crochet hook
-Large eye tapestry needle
***Long FpDc – yo, insert your hook around the pillar of the Dc from the row below from front to back, right to left, pull up a loop, yo, pull through 1, yo, pull through 2, yo, pull through 2
Row 1: Ch 27, Dc in 4th st and across, Ch 3, turn
Row 2: Dc in first st, sk 2 sts, Long FpDc in next 2 sts, Long FpDc in each of 2 skipped sts, Dc in next, (beginning large braid) FpDc next 3 sts, sk 3 sts, Long FpDc next 3 sts, Long FpDc into the top of each of the skipped 3 sts, FpDc next 3 sts, Dc in next, sk 2 sts, Long FpDc in next 2 sts, Long FpDc in each of 2 skipped sts, Dc in last, Ch 3, turn
Row 3: Dc in first, BpDc in next 4 sts, Dc in next, BpDc in next 12 sts, Dc in next, BpDc in next 4 sts, Dc in last, Ch 3, turn
Row 4: Dc in first st, sk 2 sts, Long FpDc in next 2 sts, Long FpDc in each of 2 skipped sts, Dc in next, sk 3 sts, Long FpDc next 3 sts, Long FpDc the skipped 3 sts, sk next 3 sts, Long FpDc next 3 sts, Long FpDc in 3 skipped sts, Dc in next, sk 2 sts, Long FpDc in next 2 sts, Long FpDc in each of 2 skipped sts, Dc in last, Ch 3, turn
Have you ever wanted to try crochet cables? Today’s pattern is going to teach you everything you need to know to make your very first beginner crochet cable blanket.
It’s only a fairly simple 2 row repeat and don’t take so much yarn like other cable blankets. It’s so easy that even a beginner can easily make it and it’s also a simple way to take your crochet skills to the next level!
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Size 4 yarn 940m
5mm and 5.5mm hooks
Crab (reverse single crochet): rsc
Double crochet: dc
Front post triple crochet: fptr
Half double crochet: hdc
Skip stitch: sk
When you see *( )** it means you repeat the instructions in between *( ) **. Where you see the word turn it means to turn your work clockwise and work back down the row.
Crab stitch is also known as reverse single crochet because each stitch is the same as a single crochet stitch, but you work in the opposite direction.
Start with 5.5mm hook
Row 1. Ch100, 1sc into second ch from hook and into each st across.
Row 2. Ch3 (counts as first dc) and turn, 1dc into each st across.
Row 3. Ch1 and turn, 1sc into each st across.
Row 4. Ch3 and turn, 1dc into the next 2 sts, *(fptr around the 4 st of the dc row, sk 1dc st, 1fptr around the next 2 sts, going in front of the last 2 st do 1fptr into the sk dc st, 1fptr around the next dc st, 1dc into the next 3sc sts)** repeat to end.
Row 5. Ch1 and turn, 1sc into each st across.
Row 6. Ch3 and turn, 1dc into the next 2 sts, *(1fptr around the next fptr, sk 2fptr, 1fptr around next 2 sts, going in front of last 2 sts do 1fptr around the skipped st, 1dc into the next 3sts)** repeat to end.
Repeat row 5 and 6 to desired length ending with a row 6. Ch3 and turn, 1dc into each st across.
Change to 5mm hook
Rnd 1. Ch2 (counts as hdc st) and turn, 1hdc into each st across, do 2hdc into the top of the ch3, ch2, 1hdc into same sp, 1hdc into each row across, into the first st do 1hdc, ch2, 1hdc, 1hdc into each st across, ch2, 1hdc into same sp as last, 1hdc in each row across, 1hdc into the first st and join with sc into the top of ch2.
Rnd 2. Ch2, 1hdc into corner sp, 1hdc into each st across, *(2hdc, ch2, 2hdc into corner sp, 1hdc into each st across)** repeat 2 more times into last corner do 2hdc, ch1 and join with sc into top of ch2.
Repeat rnd 2 one more time
Finish off by doing a crab st around in corners do 2 crab sts. Cut yarn and weave in tails.
Pattern created by Sirin’s Crochet
Written by Rachel Websdale (rachelweb31)
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Crochet cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects. I just love them! Cabling may look difficult at first, but they’re easier to manage then you think.
There are many different crochet patterns of crochet cables but the technique is usually the same. The intertwined design comes from working around the stitch instead of through the loops at the top.
Here are my TOP 10 collection of free crochet cables patterns which I put together for you. I hope you like it and find it interesting!
By clicking on the name of the pattern and it’s designer, or on the picture itself, you will be taken directly to source of the pattern! And you know what? All patterns are FREE!
If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out my other roundups:
TOP 10 free crochet CABLE patterns
by Sylwia from MyCrochetory
This crochet cushion pattern is simple, elegant and modern. Cable Diamond Pillow is giving a modern twist to this traditional cable texture. It turned out so stunning and contemporary.
The October Cowl is a close-fitting collar-style cowl crocheted in the round with no visible seam. This design is dedicated to an intermediate or adventurous beginner wanting to try out crochet cables for the first time. The pattern includes step-by-step picture tutorial to illustrate how post stitches works.
Celtic Tiles Blanket consists of 20 squares made in crochet cables technique with simple border. It’s very warm and cozy – just perfect for winter times.
Crochet Heirloom Cabled Sweater is wonderfully textured crochet garment. It’s an advanced level pattern, but is very doable for anyone who has worked front and back post stitches and is up for a challenge!
The Matilda Tote is a lovely structured and cabled bag. It consists of three pieces, a front and back panel along with a long piece that wraps around the sides and bottom. Designer put together a great tutorial showing you how to make this beautiful bag.
Crochet Cabled Throw Pillow is a great small project to test out your post stitch skills. This pattern is a simple repeat of a 6 stitch cable and is perfect for anyone new to crocheting cables.
This blanket works up very quickly since it uses jumbo yarn and such a large crochet hook! Use your cables experience, pick a shade of yarn to match your color scheme and make your own home decor. Repeating rows of these gorgeous braided cables was very relaxing!
What a beautiful sweather! Worked in pieces and then seamed together, this is a wonderfully uncomplicated pattern that will challenge beginners and keep experienced crocheters interested.
Great one skeing crochet cables pattern! Chic Cabled Headwarmer pattern offers a great opportunity to practice cabling in crochet. It works up quickly!
Crochet Cable Twist Hat works up incredibly quickly and it’s perfect for beginners. This hat will help you stay warm and look chic.
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Week 3 9/19/19 of the Textured Fun Square Sampler Blanket Crochet Along brings us another fun square! This week is the Braided Cable Stitch.
The Braided Cable Stitch is crochet cable technique. Crochet cables are where you use post stitches and crochet over in front or behind other stitches to create a stitch definition. The Braided Cable Stitch is a wide group of stitches.
If you are new to joining Crochet It Creations Fall 2019 Crochet Along, then check out the introduction post to get info on materials needed, stitches used, and how the CAL works.
Get Week 1 – the Post Stitches Square HERE.
Week 2 – Waffle Stitch Square HERE
If you are making the throw blanket size, then you will need to make 10 of the Braided Cable Square in any colors of your choosing. If you would like to make another size, then see the Textured Fun Blanket Instructions Post where I go over the sizes and squares needed.
Textured Fun Square Sampler Blanket Crochet Along Pattern
- J 6mm Crochet Hook
- Medium #4 weight yarn, Big Twist Value Yarns found at JoAnns (100% acrylic, 6oz/170g, 371yds/339m) in Medium Teal, Medium Grey, Soft Grey, and White
- Tapestry Needle
- 4” square = J6mm 7 Rows x 12 DC
Stitches Used/Abbreviations (US Terms)
- Beginning stitch of each square is made with a chainless starting double crochet (CSDC). This technique eliminates any chaining at the beginning of the row and looks just like a regular double crochet. If this is difficult for you, you may replace with a chain 3 to count as the first stitch.
- Each square measure approximately 7”
- The photos of the throw size, making 56 squares in 4 different colors of all the stitch variations.
Week 3. Braided Cable Square
With J 6mm Hook
Row 1 (WS): FDC 24, turn.
Row 2 (RS): CSDC, DC in next st, FPDC around 2 sts, DC in next 2 sts, FPDC around 3 sts, sk 3 sts, FPTR around next 3 st, Working BEHIND the sts just made (working behind stitches made is key in this row) – FPTR around the first skipped st, FPTR around the second skipped st, FPTR around the third skipped stitch, FPDC around next 3 sts, DC in 2 sts, FPDC around 2 sts, DC in last 2 sts, turn.
Row 3 (WS): CSDC, DC in next st, BPDC around 2 sts, DC in 2 sts, BPDC around next 12 sts, DC in 2 sts, BPDC around 2 sts, DC in last 2 sts, turn. *very important on this row to straighten the stitches out and make sure you are working around the correct stitch in order*
Row 4 (RS): CSDC, DC in next st, FPDC around 2 sts, DC in 2 sts, [sk 3 sts, FPTR around next 3 sts, Going back to skipped sts working in FRONT of sts just worked, FPTR around the first skipped st, FPTR around the second skipped st, FPTR around the third skipped st] repeat again, DC in 2 sts, FPDC around 2 sts, DC in last 2 sts, turn.
Row 5 (WS): CSDC, DC in next st, BPDC around 2 sts, DC in 2 sts, BPDC around next 12 sts, DC in 2 sts, BPDC around 2 sts, DC in last 2 sts, turn.
Rows 6 – 15: Repeat rows 2 – 5
Ch 1, SC around entire parameter with placing 2 SC in the corners, finish off.
Braided Cable – Row 2, sk 3 sts, FPTR in 3 sts
Braided Cable – Row 2, FPTR behind sts just worked into 3 skipped sts
Braided Cable – Finished Row 2
Braided Cable – Finished Row 3
Braided Cable – Row 4, sk 3 sts, FPTR in 3 sts
Braided Cable – Row 4, FPTR in front of sts just worked into 3 skipped sts
Braided Cable – Finished Row 4
Braided Cable – Finished Row 5
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Pair the winged cable stitch with just about any yarn in your stash from lightweight to super bulky. Choose a smooth yarn for stitch definition that’ll show off the pattern or pair it with a slightly textured yarn for an even more interesting look.
Supplies used in demonstration video:
- Patons Classic Wool Roving
- .56 mm Crochet Hook
- Yarn Needle
This stitch pattern is in US crochet terminology.
- Ch Chain
- Dc Double Crochet
- Hk Hook
- Rem Remaining
- Rep Repeat
- RS Right Side
- Sc Single Crochet
- Sk Skip
- Tc Treble Crochet
- St(s) Stitch(es)
- WS Wrong Side
Additional Notes: Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as a double crochet stitch. Ch 1 at beginning of row does not count as a stitch.
Row 1: Ch any number divisible by 8 and add 4 at the end. 1 sc in 2nd ch from hk and in each rem ch. Ch 3 and turn.
Row 2 (RS): 1 dc next st. *Sk next 2 sc. 1 tr in next st. Working behind tc, 1 dc in each of the 2 skipped sts. 1 dc in next st. Sk 1 st. 1 dc in next 2 sts. Working in front of last two dc, 1 tc in skipped st. 1 dc in next st. Rep from * to lst st. 1 dc in last st. Ch 1 and turn.
Row 3 (WS): 1 sc in first st. 1 sc in each rem st. Ch 3 and turn.
Repeat: Rep rows 2 and 3 until your project measures the length you want, ending on a 3rd row.
Tunisian Crochet Cables are much easier to crochet than normal crochet cables, but are similar to knitting cables. Learn this technique here via a video and photos. It is perfect for scarves, bags, hats, blankets and so much more.
Cable work may seem hard, but most of the time really isn’t. However, from experience I can tell you that Tunisian crochet cables seem very much related to knitting cables. In fact, I would even say they are more closely related to knitting cables than normal crochet cables.
Easier and More fun than Knitted Cables
I learned how to knit when I was very young. But I didn’t learn how to do cables until I was an adult. Then I got introduced to crocheting and fell in love. But it was years later when I was introduced to a mixture of crocheting and knitting – called Tunisian Crochet. I tried it and was hooked.
I always loved the look of cables. I also love making them. Once I learned how to crochet Tunisian cables, I felt like I was in heaven. So easy, so fast and so beautiful. Now is the time to try this beautiful stitch and feel what I do when making it.
To make it easier, I created a written pattern as well as a video tutorial for this stitch. So no matter how you learn new stitches, you will be able to learn this one easily and quickly.
If you love learning new stitches and patterns, you might also love these crochet patterns:
- Tunisian Crochet Smock Stitch
- Tunisian Crochet Full Stitch
- Tunisian Crochet Purl Stitch
- Tunisian Crochet Simple Stitch
Learn the Tunisian Cables
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Tunisian Crochet Cables
So let’s grab some yarn, a Tunisian crochet hook, a second Tunisian Crochet Hook (can be the same size or smaller), stitch markers, and get ready to learn the Tunisian Cables.
Start with a swatch using TSS and TKS
First make a chain of your desire. I made 10 chains, then crocheted 1 row of Tunisian Simple Stitches and then 4 rows of Tunisian Knit Stitches (TKS). The picture shows the beginning of the second set of cables. Same technique. Now in the next row, crochet TKS until you reach the part of making the cables. A cable should have the same amount of stitches that twist. So here I have 2×3 stitches twisting. Add stitch markers to the first 3 stitches which you will skip now.
Now crochet the following 3 stitches as TKS as you normally would. Ignore the skipped stitches until the next step.
You will now crochet the skipped stitches also as TKS, but crochet them with your 2nd crochet hook, cause you can’t bend your first one that way. The stitch markers will guide you to know where your skipped stitches are.
Now move the stitches you just made over to the main Tunisian Crochet Hook. That is now where you twist the stitches to create the Tunisian Cable.
Now, simply finish the row with TKS.
Now, crochet backward and finish the row.
Now, you can continue crocheting 4 rows and then crochet another cable starting from step 1. It is best to have an equal amount of “non-cable” rows in between the cables. I used TKS but you could use any other stitch to make the cables. I just like the knitted look it creates.
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Four Tips for Crochet Cable Stitches
Learning how to crochet cables can be daunting; these crochet tips will help!
Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects, but if you have never worked a cable before it can be a bit intimidating. Like you, I love the look of crochet cables and in the beginning, I was nervous to try the technique because of how the stitch looked with the raised twists and textures. But once I found an easy pattern, studied and understood the construction of weaving over and under the stitches, it was easy to follow more complicated cable patterns and make my own.
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Learning to cable crochet is deceptively easy because cables are created by working strands of post stitches in front (this is the Front Post Stitch) and behind (this the Back Post Stitch) each other in the correct order to create the cable stitches. If you’ve never worked a post stitch, they are worked just like basic crochet stitches with the only exception being that the hook is inserted around the front or back of the stitch’s post. Working around the post of the stitches creates a prominent stitch that is pushed forward or backward to create a twisted three-dimensional affect. It is this twisted stitch that creates the cable. Learning where to place your hook to make the stitch can be take a bit of practice. The finished effects are well worth the effort.
Here are a few tips to guide you through crochet cables and help you get over your fear:
- Try cabling on a small practice piece that you don’t have to worry about if you mess up and can rip back the piece as much as you need to complete the cable stitch. Start small with projects that don’t require sizing so that you can really understand how the stitches weave in front and behind the stitches to create the textured detail of the cable. A couple good options to try out cabling on are dishcloths, headbands, and pillow covers.
- Use a slightly looser gauge so you can move your hook to work in the post of the stitch in front or behind the stitch as indicated. To avoid holes and gaps when working the long stitches, pull the yarn on your hook tight before working the next stitch.
- Choosing the right yarn can make or break your attempt at crochet cable. To make your cabling easier, choose smooth worsted weight yarns in a solid color. For a beginner, a light weight or bulky yarn can be fiddly and difficult to work with. A fuzzy and textured yarn can be splitty and difficult to see where to your stitches are and where to place your hook. Avoid dark colors and variegated yarns so you can clearly see your stitches. While variegated yarns make beautiful cables, save them for when you are a bit more experienced with cables.
- Be sure to count your stitches carefully. Because you have to skip stitches then work backwards in those skipped stitches, it’s easy to miss a stitch and lose count. Count your stitches at the end of each row to ensure you are maintaining the correct stitch count.
With cabling, practice makes perfect, taking it one stitch and one row at a time. So, now it’s your turn. Give cabling a try and let us know your progress. Once you’ve tried it you’ll be hooked.
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I am excited to show you an easy crochet cable stitch for August’s second stitch. Today we we learn how to crochet the Mini Cable Stitch!
This is a great stitch to start out with when learning how to crochet cables—if you’re scared of cables, you don’t need to be, trust me! While we learn how to crochet the Mini Cable Stitch, I’ll give you lots of tips and pictures.
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How to Crochet the Mini Cable Stitch
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- Stitch pattern is multiple of 5+3
- Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as dc
You can potentially use ANY yarn and hook for this stitch. However, here’s what I used:
- Mary Maxim Woodlands Yarn
- H/5mm crochet hook
NOTE: For a picture tutorial going along with these written instructions, be sure to view the video above! It will show you pictures to help with any tricky steps. You can pause it at any time if you need to focus in on a given step!
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as dc, here and throughout) dc in each fsc across. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc. *Sk next dc, fptr around next dc. Working in front of st just made, fptr over skipped st. Dc in next 3 dc. Rep from * across row. Turn.
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Row 3: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc. Bpdc over next 2 fptr. *Sk next dc, 3 dc in next dc. Sk next dc, bpdc over next 2 fptr. Rep from * until 3 dc left. Dc in last 3 dc. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, dc in next 2 dc. *Sk next bpdc, fptr in next bpdc. Working in front of st just made, fptr in skipped st. Dc in next 3 dc. Rep from * across row. Turn.
Rep rows 3-4 for stitch pattern!
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- When worked flat, you begin a row of cbl with 1 dc (as pictured in Figure 1).
- Next, you will skip 1 stitch. Then dc in the next 3 sts (see Figure 2).
- Then crossing over the 3 dc you just made, you will dc in the 1st skipped stitch. This dc does not go behind or in front of the previous 3. It should be wrapped around them. You will need to make this dc a bit longer than a regular dc to accommodate the 3 sts (see Figure 3).
That’s it! The most complicated part of this stitch is keeping even tension while making the crossing dc long enough. If your stitch is looking wonky, pull it out and try again. Once you have done a few, your row should look something like Figure 4.
Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial
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How to Crochet Cable Stitch – Crochet Cables and Braids
How to Crochet Cable Stitch or Crochet Braids or Crochet Rope
The crochet cable stitch adds a wonderful texture to any piece. They almost look like crochet braids or a crochet rope. To make them, you’ll need to know how to do front post stitches. The step-by-step tutorial video will show you how to do this. This is one of many stitch patterns and crochet techniques from my Stitchorama collection.
In knitting, cables are traditionally added to sweaters, scarves, baby blankets, afghans, bags, and more. Crochet cables can be added to these items as well. And unlike knitted cables, you don’t need any special cable needle to make them. (In all fairness, some knitters can knit cables without cable needles, but it’s a bit tricky).
Stitches used for crochet cables
To accomplish the crochet cable stitch or crochet braids in this sample, we will make 3 front post stitches along with two traditional double crochet stitches in between the cables. We will use a front post double crochet for two of the stitches. Then we’ll use a front post treble crochet for the third stitch. Front post stitches are made in a similar way to regular stitches, except you enter your crochet hook around a previous stitch’s post (vertical part) as opposed to the chain-looking part at the top of the stitch.
The one catch to making these crochet cables is they need to be made rather loosely. If your crochet tension veers towards the tighter side, you might find your work will curl inwards. Because there are no back post stitches to counteract the front post stitches in crochet cable stitch, the fabric tends to have more pull on its front side.
Crochet hook for crochet braids
Looser stitches will definitely avoid the problem of curling with crochet cables. If you normally use an H hook (5 mm) with worsted weight yarn, you might need to go up to an I (5.5 mm) or a J (6 mm) hook instead. Possibly even a K (6.5 mm) size crochet hook!
Because I crochet on the loose side, I’m using a size H (5 mm) hook. Hoever this is one time (unless you crochet loosely) where I would suggest NOT using the suggested hook size found on the yarn label for cables. Speaking of yarn…
Suggested yarn for crochet rope
Rarely have I ever found a stitch pattern or crochet technique that can’t be used with just about every size yarn or thread out there. In the past I’ve made crochet cable stitch with crochet thread. I’ve also made them with super bulky weight yarn. In this particular instance, I’m using worsted weight yarn.
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How to Crochet Cable Stitch – Crochet Cables and Braids
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Chunky superwash merino yarn, a quick crochet cowl, and Tunisian crochet cables–everyone needs an Audrey Super Cowl this winter! This crochet cowl is stylish and warm and works up quickly. Some of you might be worried about the Tunisian cable that winds around the cowl, but don’t let it hinder you. It’s one of the easiest crochet cables I’ve ever worked.
About the Audrey Super Cowl
The Audrey Super Cowl uses a large P/16 Tunisian crochet hook to create the textured Tunisian stitches. You will also need a cable needle (though I’ve used stitch holders or a double-pointed knitting needle in a pinch) and a yarn needle to graft the two ends of the cowl together. If you’ve never grafted before, don’t worry, the Interweave Crochet Winter 2020 issue includes a very helpful article to walk you through the grafting process.
The Tunisian crochet stitches used for the Audrey Super Cowl are the basic Tunisian knit and purl stitches for the background and the Tunisian knit stitch for the actual cable. You can learn how to crochet these simple Tunisian crochet stitches in this Tunisian crochet post.
Now let’s get started with that Tunisian crochet cable. After working a few rows in Tunisian purl stitch and Tunisian knit stitch as indicated in the pattern, you will make the first twist of your Tunisian crochet cable. Pull up a loop in Tunisian purl stitch in each stitch indicated across to the Tunisian knit stitches running up the center of the cowl (step 1). These Tunisian knit stitches comprise the Tunisian cable which is eight stitches wide. Make sure you have your cable needle or substitute handy.
Tunisian Cable Stitches
Tunisian knit stitch in the first four stitches (step 2). Transfer the four loops of those stitches to your cable needle and keep the cable needle on the front of your work and hook (step 3). Tunisian knit stitch in the next four Tunisian knit stitches (step 4). Now transfer the four stitches on your cable needle back onto your hook (step 5). These stitches will now come after the four Tunisian knit stitches you just completed, creating a twist in the fabric (step 6). Work the rest of the row in Tunisian purl stitch and complete the return pass as normal.
Work the next rows as indicated across in the normal pattern. The row immediately following the cable twist is the most difficult as working into the twisted stitches can be a bit finicky. I would recommend counting how many stitches you work across the cable to make sure you work eight. Work additional cable twist rows as indicated in the pattern. Each twist is worked as I’ve demonstrated above. An interesting note: You can see that each twist in the cable turns in the same direction because the stitches on the cable needle are always held in front of the work.
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This is a very basic cable twist and perfect for beginners to learn and practice, I use this stitch in my baby cable twist sweaters.
For this practice swatch…chain 12.
In the 3rd chain from the hook HDC (Half Double Crochet-US terms.) Work one HDC into each of the next chain spaces. You should have ten HDC.
Row 2 : (you will be working in between the posts of the half double crochets-insert your hook to the left of the post, or another way to describe where to insert your hook is under all the three loops that a HDC makes.) Work 3 HDC, then 4 DC, 3 HDC. Always working in between the posts.
Chain 2 and turn.
Row 3 : Work 3 HDC, then 4 front post dc around the dc of the row below, then 3 HDC. (Last stitch will be worked in between the post and the chain two. Make sure you didn’t add a stitch next to the fpdc. Go to the left of the hdc post after working the fpdc.)
Row 4 : chain 2 turn, work 3 HDC, 4 back post dc, (reach your hook around. You want the cables to stick out on the same side.), finish the row with 3 HDC.
Row 5 : 3 HDC, skip over the next 3 DC and work 1 front post treble crochet into the fourth dc, then work treble crochet into the third, then the second and then the first. Twist the post so you can work your final 3 HDC, making sure you go to the left of the HDC post. Chain 2 and turn.
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Row 6: 3 HDC, 4 back post dc, (keep those treble crochets twisted so you can grab them in order) finish with 3 HDC.
Watch this video for a demonstration of row 6:
I worked three rows of the fpdc, and then one row of the twist TC then back to three rows of post double crochet.
Here’s a picture of where I used the cables! Click the picture if you want to find the pattern for the sweater and make one for a newborn!
baby cable twist sweater
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Cables are gorgeous design elements that add a bit of elegance to any project. Though they seem very complex, and can be slightly intimidating to the beginning crocheter, they’re actually not nearly as hard as they look. Beware though! Cables are very addictive….once you learn, you’ll be absolutely hooked!
Check out this photo tutorial on how to do the Six Stitch Crochet Cable when working in the round.
Most cable patterns start with a plain Double Crochet base.
Double Crochet Base
The next section of the pattern usually has you creating the foundation for your cable by working the six stitches in a Front Post Double Crochet Stitch (I have a FPDC tutorial here). These stitches are usually surrounded by a different type of stitch to help set them off more. In this case, we’re surrounding the six FPDC stitches with Back Post Double Crochet Stitches (I have a BPDC tutorial here).
Six Front Post Double Crochet Stitches Surrounded by Back Post Double Crochet Stitches
Most patterns will refer to a “Cable Sequence” for you to complete at a certain point within the cable pattern. In my six stitch cable patterns, the cable sequence is:
Skip the next 4 sts,
FPTR around the 5 th stitch,
FPTR around the 6 th stitch,
FPDC around the 3 rd and 4 th sts respectively behind the FPTR sts you just made,
then FPTR around the 1 st stitch,
FPTR around the 2 nd stitch.
Start the cable sequence by doing one FPTR stitch around the 5th stitch.
Start your FPTR stitch by doing two yarn overs.
Start your Cable Sequence with a FPTR which starts with two yarn overs.
Then, insert your hook around the post of the 5th stitch. Your hook should be in front of your work as shown below.
Insert hook through the front post of the 5th stitch.
Next, yarn over and draw a loop through. You should now have 4 loop on your crochet hook.
Yarn over and draw a loop through post of stitch.
Continue your FPTR stitch with a yarn over and pull loop through first two loops on hook.
Yarn over and pull loop through two loops on hook.
Yarn over again, and pull through next two loops on hook.
Yarn over, pull through next two loops on hook.
Finish your first FPTR stitch by doing a yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook.
Yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
Continue with your cable sequence by creating a second FPTR stitch around the post of the 6th stitch.
Create a second FPTR stitch around the post of the 6th stitch.
You’re now going to work either a Front Post Double Crochet Stitch or a Double Crochet stitch (reference your pattern for which type of stitch you’re working) around the 3rd stitch of the cable sequence. So, you’re going back to sts that you previously skipped. Work this stitch behind the two FPTR stitches you just created.
Work a Front Post Double Crochet Stitch around the 3rd stitch in the cable sequence.
As shown in the photo below, the Double Crochet stitch you just worked is hardly visible behind the two FPTR stitches.
Completed FPDC stitch around 3rd stitch in sequence.
Then, work another Front Post Double Crochet Stitch (or Double Crochet Stitch if that’s what your pattern calls for) around the 4th stitch in sequence.
FPDC stitch worked around the 4th stitch in sequence.
Next, work one FPTR stitch around the post of the first stitch in sequence. Work this stitch in front of all the other stitches.
Work FPTR stitch around 1st stitch in sequence.
Then, work a second FPTR stitch into the 2nd stitch in sequence.
This completes the cable sequence, however your project will look a little strange at this point.
Work FPTR stitch around 2nd stitch in sequence.
Don’t worry! Things will start to look right again as you work the next round.
You’ll be working a Front Post Double Crochet Stitch around each stitch that you just created during the cable sequence.
Start with the very top of the first two FPTR stitches you created during the cable sequence.
FPDC around the top of the first two FPTR sts you created during the cable sequence.
Then, FPDC around the FPDC sts (3rd and 4th stitch) you worked during the cable sequence.
FPDC around FPDC stitches you worked during cable sequence.
Last, FPDC around the last two FPTR sts that you created during the cable sequence.
FPDC around the last two FPTR sts you created during cable sequence
After you work another round, your project will continue to look more and more like a cable.
Repeat this sequence to create multiple twists in your cable.
Project looks better the more twists and rounds you add.
Put your skills to use! Check out these patterns featuring a six stitch cable:
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Stocking measures 20″ (51cm) tall.
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Making the right size is important! Take a look at the dimensions of your new projects and choose the one that’s right for you, and always make a gauge swatch to match your tension.
Stocking measures 20″ (51cm) tall.
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My love of Crochet Cables is no secret, and I thought I would do a round-up of all the cabled projects I’ve crocheted and designed in one blog post! Cabling may appear daunting at first, but it is actually quite straight-forward once you get the hang of it! The intertwined effect is created by mixing front and back post double and treble crochets to raise stitches forward and push others behind!
The very first cabling project I ever tried were these “Cabled Wristwarmers“! The free pattern is by Julee Reeves, and it is this project that taught me the technique and got me hooked on cables! It is worked flat and then seamed up at the end!
My first original cabled design was my “Cabled Slouchy Beanie“! It is so fun working cables in the round, and I love the gorgeous slouch it has to it using Lion Brand Yarn’s Heartland. I ended up creating a smaller toddler version HERE for Myla and a Chunky Cabled Slouchy Beanie using super bulky yarn HERE as well!
I also designed a second version of the Cabled Beanie with bars framing the cables and a faux fur pom pom as well (free pattern HERE! This version uses only one skein of Vanna’s Choice– gotta love one skein projects!
After all the hat projects, I decided to try designing Cabled Legwarmers/Boot Cuffs! They are a fabulous way to dress up your boots while also adding some warmth! They can be styled in numerous ways and look really cute scrunched up overtop ankle boots!
I was astounded by the popularity of my “Chunky Braided Cabled Blanket” when I first released it in the fall, and it warms my heart whenever I see it pop up on Pinterest! Using a jumbo hook and jumbo yarn creates this rich and luxurious blanket. For this pattern, I learned a new method of cabling that gives this intricate braided cabled effect!
Most recently, I designed these lovely “Crochet Cabled Mittens” that work up quickly and look so cute! They help keep your hands warm and are a fun project if you want a more intricate design on your mittens! For a simpler design, don’t forget to check out my “Cozy Crochet Mittens” using Homespun yarn!
I am a big fan of Simply Crochet Magazine, and I was delighted when Becca asked if I wanted to write an article for an upcoming issue! I didn’t even need to think long about what I wanted to write about: crochet cables! I am excited to announce that my article has officially been published and can be found in Issue 54!
It is so exciting to see the article that I wrote in print! They did such a lovely job with the spread and I adore the colours they used! This particular issue is very neat because it comes with a free kit to make Ilaria Caliri’s unicorn! It just so happens that Simply Crochet is currently running a GIVEAWAY and you can win a copy of this issue (they’re giving away FIVE of them)! You can enter the giveaway HERE so you can make your own unicorn and check out the article I wrote!
I have a feeling that I will be designing more cabled projects in the future…possibly a garment- wouldn’t that be fun? Feel free to pin the below image to your Pinterest boards to help remind you about this blog post round-up! If you’ve always been wanting to try crochet cables, any of these projects would be a lot of fun!
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