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, but in this project, you will learn to make a six-stitch cable crochet stitch that’s easy for beginners.
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): Yarn over two 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. Yarn over. Pull up a loop, (yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook) three times.
- Back Post Treble Crochet (BPTC): Yarn over two times. Insert your hook back-to-front through your work, so that the post you want to crochet around is behind your hook. Yarn over. Pull up a loop (yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook) three times.
Equipment / Tools
- Crochet hook
Foundation and Right Side
Chain 12 chains plus three extra chains. Turn. The foundation is two rows of double crochet. Double crochet in the third chain from your hook. Double crochet in every stitch. Turn, chain three (counts as first double crochet), skip the first stitch, and double crochet in every stitch to the end. Turn.
First Twist Half
Now it’s time to make the first half of the cable twist. Chain three, double crochet in next six stitches. Skip the next three stitches. FPTC into the next three stitches.
There should be three 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
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. This completes the first half of the cable.
Finish Off Row
Double crochet in remaining stitches to end of the row. Turn.
Chain three, double crochet in next six stitches. BPTC into the next six stitches.
Double crochet to the end. This completes the crochet cable stitch. Repeat as many times as needed. To finish, do two rows of double crochet. Block the fabric to make the cable stitch really pop.