Cables are a beautiful way to add texture and interest to your crochet projects, but if you’ve never crocheted a cable before, it can be a bit intimidating.
Crocheted cables are made by skipping a set of stitches (usually 2 or 3, depending on the stitch width of the cable), then crossing front and back post stitches to create the twisted quality of a cable.
Here’s how to work a six-stitch crochet cable:
- dc: double crochet
- ch: chain
- fpdc: front post double crochet
- bpdc: back post double crochet
Chain 20. Work 2 rows of double crochet. These will serve as your foundation.
Step 2 (cable row):
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.
Step 3 (cross cable):
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 end of the row.
Step 4 (WS row):
Turn, ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 6 sts, dc to end.
Repeat the Cable Row and Wrong Side Row to work the cable pattern.
Be sure when you’re crocheting cables to keep your pattern reference available, especially if there are multiple cables. It is easy to get mixed up as to which way to cross your cables.
Ready to try it out? Here are some lovely patterns to try!
The Cables and Puffs Scarf is a beautiful cabled scarf that is long enough to be wrapped several times. With beautiful buttons at one end, this piece is multifunctional.
The Marty Sweater, however, might be my favorite. The cable on this sweater is more intricate but has stunning results.