Play With Texture When You Learn How to Crochet Cables

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.

How to Crochet Cables, on Craftsy.com

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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:

Abbreviations:

Directions:

Step 1:

Chain 20. Work 2 rows of double crochet. These will serve as your foundation.

Step 1: Double Crochet

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 2: Cable ChainContinuing Cable Chain

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.

Cross Cable Cross Cable - Continued Continued - Cross Cable

Step 4 (WS row):

Turn, ch 3, skip first dc, dc in next 3 dc, bpdc in next 6 sts, dc to end.

Step 4: WS Row

Repeat the Cable Row and Wrong Side Row to work the cable pattern.

Repeat Cable Row

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.

This is just one example of a crochet cable stitch. To learn more cable variations, try this free Craftsy mini-class for video lessons on textured crochet.

Ready to try it out? Here are some crochet cable patterns to try!

Gwen's cables crochet hat

Gwen’s Cables pattern via Craftsy member Kendall Nahorniak Designs

Gwen’s Cables

This cozy topper is a perfect first cable pattern. Because it’s slouchy, nobody will notice small mistakes. The cables combined with bobble stitches results in a intricately textured projects.

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Cable Crocheted Hat

It’s a Hoot Owl Hat pattern via Craftsy member Carlinda

It’s a Hoot Owl Hat

Worked in worsted weight yarn, this adorable hat pattern is an easy project to try out cables with a fun set of owls as the final result! Buttons serve as eyes for the owl, but you could use beads or embroider them on for a slightly different style.

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Orange Cables and Puffs Scarf - Pattern on Craftsy

Cables and Puffs Scarf pattern via Craftsy member kmdavis2

Cables and Puffs Scarf

This is a beautiful cabled scarf that is long enough to be wrapped several times. With beautiful buttons at one end, this piece is multifunctional. In addition to the front- and back-post double crochet, you’ll need to know how to crochet the puff stitch.

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Marty Sweater

Marty Sweater via Craftsy member The Fibear

Marty Sweater

This sweater might be my favorite. The cable on this sweater is more intricate, but the results are stunning. It’s made with the Tunisian crochet technique.

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Conquer Crochet Cables, Ribbing & More!

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Elevate your crochet with three amazing textures! In this free mini-class, you’ll learn crochet cable stitches, ribbing techniques and how to crochet with beads. Enroll FREE Now »

13 Comments

JoAnn

In step one it says 20 stitches. But, when I start the first row, is there a turning stitch and I will be making actually 18 dbl crochet?
I am a beginner and love to crochet and learn new stitches and patterns. I am thankful for patience and advice.

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Suesan Young Schaefer

Thank you for directions, easy to follow,, thanx.

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Suesan Young Schaefer

Thank you for directions, easy to follow,, thanx.

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guitar strings

Hi, cool site, where did you come up with the info in this synopsis? Im lucky I found it though, I’ll be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

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Barbara

i’d like to know how to add the buttons? And what size? Please. Thank you.

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Patricis

I am a beginner crochet. O love this hat and l have a granddaughter that loves owls ..l had hope l could do this with a scarve for Christmas. Is there someone out there that could do this and wants to earn some extra money by making me a set … I love to have someone who can do this get in touch with me

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Shawna Hauk

Hi there. I don’t know if you’ve gotten anyone to crochet you a hat and/or scarf yet, but I would be very happy to do so if you want. I don’t know about the pattern, because it’s not free, but I am good at figuring out patterns and changing them (for the scarf). You can email me, or you can send me a message on my Etsy, here. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FromtheMindofShawna?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Thank you!

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Shawna Hauk

Actually, I just bought the pattern myself. I’m probably going to make the hat for a friend. I’m still open to making another one, though!

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arlene79

I recently bought the pattern for the Hoot Owl hat. The directions recommend Simply soft yarn…3 oz. I assume that they mean Caron Simply Soft. The only one that I found in Michaels was 6 oz-.Medium 4. Can you please tell me if I bought the correct yarn. Your suggestion on the pattern states worsted…can I use worsted (4). Please advise. Thank you.

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