Creating Tunisian Cables

Tunisian crochet burst back onto the scene about five years ago. The historical patterns for this traditional technique are sparse and primarily utilize Tunisian simple stitch. But the possibilities are endless. In Interweave Crochet we have delved into colorwork created in the round, Tunisian knit stitch, Tunisian entrelac, and more.

Serenity Sweater by Kim Guzman  

But the Tunisian design that has always fascinated me is cables. How do you create Tunisian crochet cables? I've tried adapting knitting techniques, and the resulting fabric is flat. Now the mystery has been revealed. In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2014 issue, Tunisian crochet expert Kim Guzman illustrates how to create Tunisian crochet cables.

Here is a short excerpt from Kim's article:

Cross  Over to Tunisian Cables

I love cables! Crocheted cables, knitted cables-I love them all! The bigger and chunkier the cable, the better! However, for a long time I was disappointed with Tunisian cables. Following traditional techniques, the cable sits flat on the fabric; you can barely see it. I stumbled upon a solution for that, which I'll share with you.

  Tunisian crochet cables

But first, a bit about Tunisian crochet: Tunisian crochet is sometimes considered a cross between crocheting and knitting. Each row is made up of a forward pass and a return pass. In the forward pass, you pick up loops across a long hook or hook with extender cable; this is what looks most like knitting, because you have a lot of loops distributed across a hook. In the return pass, you work off the loops (instead of keeping them live throughout as you would in knitting). For more information about Tunisian crochet, see the glossary. Because of the similarities between the two crafts, many of the things you can do in knitting can be done in Tunisian crochet, such as cables.

The Mulled Spices Afghan by Rhonda Davis has a border of Tunisian entrelac.  

If you have worked crochet cables using post stitches, note that Tunisian cables are quite different. With post-stitch cables, you work long post stitches in front of or behind stitches, using the traditional method of one stitch at a time. When working Tunisian cables, you cross the live loops, either on the forward pass or on the return pass. The effect is much like knitted cables. The Tunisian crochet fabric is denser than knitted fabric, but with a large hook and lighter-weight yarn, you can use Tunisian crochet to create a lovely, wearable, richly cabled garment.

-Kim Guzman

Subscribe to Interweave Crochet magazine today. You'll receive the Winter 2014 issue with Kim Guzman's in-depth technique article and innovative Tunisian cable cardigan as well as a year's worth of amazing patterns and incredible articles on cutting edge crochet techniques.

Best wishes,

P.S. What Tunisian crochet technique would you like to learn more about?

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Cables, How to Crochet, Tunisian Crochet Technique
Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

2 thoughts on “Creating Tunisian Cables

  1. Do I have to wait a year before this information is published in Interweave Crochet?
    I have Interweave Crochet Winter 2013 and there is no article about Tunisian cables.

  2. Fiber Lady, the Winter 2014 issue will be available in December 2013. Winter 2014 is the one with my article and project on Tunisian cables. I hope that helps. Kim Guzman