If you like to create a knit-like texture with your crochet projects, the crochet cable is screaming your name! Crocheting cables can seem daunting at first, but with a little bit of practice you can be crocheting cables in no time.
Want to crochet cables? Keep these tips in mind!
1. You've got to master the post stitch.
There's more than one way to crochet cables, and dozens of patterns you can create. But they all rely on post stitches. You'll want to practice basic crochet post stitches before you move on to cabling.
The most common post stitches used for cabling are the front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc) so you'll want to start there. You can learn more about how to make those two stitches from here .
2. Count carefully.
Projects with cables aren't the kind where you can zone out and just stitch. You have to pay attention to where you're making each stitch.
When you work the cable crochet stitch, you have to skip stitches in a row then work backwards into the skipped stitches. (If reading that confuses you, check out this tutorial for a demo.) Since you're skipping and working backward and forward across a row, it can be easy to lose count of where you are in the pattern.
Count carefully. You might want to use a stitch counter (you can buy a little gadget or get as a crafty phone app ) or just make notes on your pattern as you go. The key is to get used to paying extra close attention when counting stitches as you learn to work crochet cables.
3. Choose a yarn that's easy to work with.
Make it easy on yourself! Pick a yarn that is easy to work with, like a smooth worsted weight.
Avoid extreme yarn weights as you learn. Laceweight and other lightweight yarns may be too fiddly for the beginner crochet cabler. Likewise, yarns that are too bulky or thick-and-thin may be difficult to work with in this complex stitch pattern.
Consider fiber as well: Go for a yarn that's smooth as opposed to fuzzy. Mohair would be a bad choice, for example. A standard wool, cotton or synthetic blend is best.
Finally, you might want to work with a light, solid color at first in order to see all of your stitches clearly. Variegated yarns can look great worked into crochet cables, but save them for after you've perfected your skill.
4. Practice left and right cables.
Some cable stitches lean to the left, some lean to the right. It's the combination of these that creates the flowing cable design.
While left and right cables are worked similarly, some techniques that work better for left than right and vice versa. In Quick & Easy Crochet Cables , designer Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby teaches an innovative "snag and drag" technique to help you out with right-crossing crochet cables.
5. Use a chart.
The crochet cable stitch often makes a lot more sense when you see it drawn out, because you can actually see how the cables should look as they weave back and forth in their creation. It helps a lot if you know how to read a complex stitch chart, which Shannon Mullet-Bowlsby also teaches in his aforementioned Bluprint mini-class on crochet cables.
What are your favorite projects for textured crochet stitches like the cable crochet stitch?
Countless Crochet Cable Patterns
Get access to dozens of intricate crochet cabling patterns, plus step-by-step video instructions from professional crocheters. It's all inside Bluprint!Learn MoreEditor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2015 and was updated in March 2018.