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. One of my favorite cables is the six-strand cable Jodi Euchner displays running down the center of her Solas Caomh blanket (left, Interweave Crochet Spring 2009, available now as a digital download). Here are a few tips to guide you through some of the trickier parts of crocheted cable construction.
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 the digital magazines, I keep the pattern on my laptop, which travels with me wherever you go. Digital magazines make great travel companions. Plus the pages never wear out!