Strands of crocheted post stitches step
around and behind each other in an elegant dance. The steps create the swirls
of a crocheted cable.
But like the steps of a dance, learning just
where to place your hook when working cables can take a bit of practice-and an
instructor is always welcome. One of my favorite cables is the six-strand cable
Jodi Euchner displays running down the center of her Solas Caomh blanket (left,
Spring 2009, available now as a digital download). Here are a few tips to guide
you through some of the trickier parts of crocheted cable construction.
1. Keep your pattern
close at hand. Even advanced crocheters refer to the
pattern when working the cable-cross rows of a cable. Sometimes it's hard to
remember if you work the second set of stitches over or under the previously
worked strand of the cable. With the digital magazines, I keep the pattern on
my laptop, which travels with me wherever you go. Digital magazines make great
travel companions. Plus the pages never wear out!