I have always loved cables, but most of the cabled
sweaters and accessories I saw were knitted. Surely, I thought, you can
crochet cables. Then I was introduced to the beauty of crocheted cables, and I was hooked.
|Sólás Caomh by Jodi Euchner
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. Robyn Chachula is just that instructor in Interweave Crochet Presents A Step-By-Step Guide to Crochet Cables with 5 Favorite Staff Pattens. Robyn will guide you through the construction of a variety of cables, and the staff favorite patterns will walk you from your very first easy cable to the more complicated construction of the Sólás Caomh baby afghan.
Here are a few tips I have learned to help guide you as you begin your own crocheted cable journey:
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 eBooks, I keep the pattern on
my laptop, which travels with me wherever I go. Of course, eBooks make great
travel companions. Plus the pages never wear out!
|Curried Cable Jacket by Pricila Gomes
2. Practice working behind the
stitches just worked. With cables,
the "strands" weave over and under each other. To create this woven
construction, you skip stitches, and then work over the top of or behind the
stitches just worked. When working behind the stitches just created, work
into the skipped stitches from front to back as normal.
If you have trouble inserting your
hook in the skipped stitches, pull the skipped stitches to the left of the
cable strand already worked (above). Once you have worked into the skipped
stitches, allow those stitches to fall back behind the top strand of the
3. Minimize gaps. Long stitches, such as treble crochets, worked over
skipped stitches can become loose. Pull the loop on your hook tight before
yarning over. When working the stitch, hold the yarn overs and original loop
close together when yarning over and drawing through the loops.
4. Choose the right crochet hook. When
you are working those long stitches, like the treble crochets, the beginning
loop is pushed up the shaft. If you are using a hook that widens at the shaft
the initial loop will become too large. Try using a hook that has an even
shaft. I've found that short Tunisian hooks work very well.
|One for All Family of Mitts by Doris Chan
5. And finally, don't let the
intricate look of crochet cables intimidate you. Use these tips and jump in. To get started, try the One
for All Family of Mitts, a great first cable pattern.
In our newest eBook, Robyn
Chachula teaches you how to used post stitches to create a variety of
beautifully crafted cables. Download Interweave Crochet Presents A Step-By-Step Guide to Crochet Cables and enjoy the
twists and turns of creating your own beautiful cables.