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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.

Simple Crochet Cable Swatch

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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:

Two rows of double crochet stitches

Chain 20. Skip 2 ch (this is your turning chain), then work 2 rows of double crochet. These will serve as your foundation.

Step 2 (cable row):

Making a front post double crochet stitchskipping stitches to start crochet cables

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.

Cross cable stitches

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.

First cross cable crochet row complete

Dc in remaining sts to end of the row. 

Step 3 (wrong side row):

Back side of work on wrong side of crochet cable swatch

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

Step 5 (repeat):

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

Multiple finished rows of crochet cable swatch

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!

Cabled Mittens Crochet Kit

Cabled Mittens Crochet Kit

You can use the same techniques to create thinner cables — just use fewer skipped stitches before making your post stitches. That’s what gives these mittens their nested diamond motif.

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So Versatile Cable Cocoon Shrug

So Versatile Cable Cocoon Shrug

A little cabling gives this extra-cozy cocoon cardigan tons of interest — both when you’re wearing it and when you’re stitching i!

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Northwoods Hat Crochet Kit

Northwoods Hat Crochet Kit

Now that you can crochet cables, it’s time to graduate from basic beanies to more complex (and way more interesting!) hats. This one has a brim and loads of cables to keep you from getting bored.

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Celtic Afghan Crochet Kit

Celtic Afghan Crochet Kit

Don’t want to limit yourself to just one cable pattern? This throw uses panels of different cable motifs, giving you a cozy, textured blanket that you’ll love to stitch up.

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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 »

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in 2013 and was updated in March 2018.

3 Comments

Suesan Young Schaefer

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

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anuradha karve

Thank you.

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