Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial

A purple crochet cable stitch swatch on a table.
Crochet Cable Stitch. Debbie Wolfe

Crochet Cable Stitch

A crochet cable stitch swatch.
Crochet Cable Stitch. Debbie Wolfe

Knitters aren't the only needlecrafters who get to create lovely cables. Cables infuse rich textures into the fabric and give them fun, visual interest. You can use this stitch to make blankets, hats, scarves, and more. Crocheted cables are made by skipping a set of stitches, then crossing front and back post stitches to create the twisted quality of a cable. The crochet cable stitch may seem complex, but it’s not as hard as you think. There are many ways to do the crochet cable stitch. In this project, you will learn to make a six stitch cable crochet stitch that’s easy for beginners.

Gather Your Materials

A ball of yarn and crochet hook.
Supplies for Crochet Cable Stitch. Debbie Wolfe

This stitch can be accomplished with any size hook and/or yarn choice. Just make sure the yarn complements the hook size. 

Abbreviations:

DC: double crochet
CH: chain
FPTC: front post treble crochet
BPTC: back post treble crochet
YO: yarn over

In order to do crochet cable stitches, you will need to know how to do both front and back post treble crochet. They are not hard, but you do need to pay attention to where you place your hook.

Front Post Treble Crochet (FPTC): Yo 2 times, insert your hook front-to-back through your work, so that the post you want to crochet around is in front of your hook, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.

Back Post Treble Crochet (BPTC): Yo 2 times, insert your hook back-to-front through your work so that the post you want to crochet around is behind your hook, yo, pull up a loop, (yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook) 3 times.

Foundation and Right Side

A swatch of double crochet fabric.
Cable Crochet Step 1. Debbie Wolfe

Chain (CH) 12 chains plus 3 extra chains. Turn. The foundation is two rows of double crochet. Double Crochet (DC) in the 3rd chain from your hook. Double Crochet (DC) in every stitch. Turn, Chain 3 (Counts as first DC), skip the first stitch and DC in every stitch to the end. Turn.

First Twist Half

A swatch of double crochet fabric.
Cable Crochet Step 2. Debbie Wolfe

Now it’s time to make the first half of the cable twist. Ch 3, DC in next 6 stitches. Skip next 3 stitches. Front Post Treble Crochet (FPTC) into the next 3 stitches.

Right Slant

Front post treble crochet worked in a swatch of fabric.
Cable Crochet Step 3. Debbie Wolfe

There should be 3 front-post treble crochet stitches that are slanting to the right. Now, it’s time to complete the first half of the cable twist.

Second Twist Half

Front post treble crochet worked into a swatch of fabric.
Cable Crochet Step 4. Debbie Wolfe

Go back to the first of the three skipped stitches and FPTC into that stitch. FPTC into the second and third stitch. This will cause the stitches to slant to the left. Try not to pull the stitches too tight. That will make it hard for you to insert the hook through the post. Keep a semi-loose tension on the yarn.

First Half Cable

Crochet cable stitch in a swatch of fabric.
Cable Crochet Step 5. Debbie Wolfe

 This completes the first half of the cable. 

Finish Off Row

A swatch of crochet cable stitch.
Cable Crochet Step 6. Debbie Wolfe

 DC in remaining stitches to end of the row. Turn.

Wrong Side

Back of crochet cable swatch.
Cable Crochet Step 7. Debbie Wolfe

 Ch 3, DC in next 6 stitches. Back Post Treble Crochet (BPTC) into the next 6 stitches.

Finishing

Back of crochet cable swatch.
Cable Crochet Step 8. Debbie Wolfe

DC crochet to the end. This completes the crochet cable stitch. Repeat as many times as needed. To finish, do two rows of DC. Block the fabric to make the cable stitch really pop.