Bonnie Barker Makes Crochet Cables Easy

One of my favorite things about crochet is that unlike with tax law, investment portfolios, and the inner workings of my car, learning something new is always much easier than I imagine it will be. Every new technique I have tried so far, no matter how intimidating, is easily reduced into a couple of basic stitches. One great example is crochet cables, which I successfully tackled in my third-ever crochet project.

Here I am modeling my Braids and Weaves Alpaca Hat, my first foray into crochet cables, as well as my matching Celtic Cabled Cowl. Both projects are from Celtic Cable Crochet, a wonderful resource for beginning to advanced crocheters alike. | Photo by Andrea Lotz

If you’ve been afraid to learn crochet cables, this fall is the perfect time to tackle them once and for all. My recommended resource is Bonnie Barker’s book Celtic Cable Crochet, a book packed with informative illustrations and projects so beautiful that you’ll have no choice but to overcome your fears and try them out. Plus, if you’re more of a visual learning, Bonnie has tons of online tutorial videos so you can watch her hook in action.

Here’s an example of the detailed instructions Bonnie Barker includes in her book Celtic Cable Crochet. | Photos by Bonnie Barker

Bonnie taught me to work crochet cables from illustrations alone. Most of the cables in her book are post stitch cables, so if you know how to work those, you really are already almost there. If you don’t, never fear; Bonnie will show you how to work post stitches as well!

As Bonnie says in her introduction, “It is my hope any crocheter—from the confident beginner to the seasoned— will be able to accomplish any of the patterns within this book.” Have some faith in yourself and tackle something that looks a little intimidating! It’s just crochet, after all, nothing scary here.

Now, let’s take a look inside!

Small Projects for a Taste of Crochet Cables

If you, like me, are new to crochet cables, start with something small to give yourself a taste of the new technique and get some success under your belt. Celtic Cable Crochet is packed with small projects that make a lovely introduction.

Clockwise from top left: Cabled Boot Cuffs, Satinées Wine Wristers, Silky and Chic Cowl, and One Big Braid Scarf from <em>Celtic Cable Crochet.</em> Photos by Chris Demsey.

Clockwise from top left: Cabled Boot Cuffs, Satinées Wine Wristers, Silky and Chic Cowl, and One Big Braid Scarf from Celtic Cable Crochet. | Photos by Chris Demsey

Big Projects for a Super-Size Challenge

If you like to start out in the deep end of the pool, or if you’ve already worked crochet cables a few times, try out one of these larger, more complex projects. Celtic Cable Crochet is a resource you’ll turn to again and again as your skills progress. Bonnie truly does include projects for every skill level.

Clockwise from top left: Lavena Poncho, Orlaith Robe Sweater, Fergus Shrug, and Binne Cardigan from <em>Celtic Cable Crochet.</em> Photos by Chris Demsey.

Clockwise from top left: Lavena Poncho, Orlaith Robe Sweater, Fergus Shrug, and Binne Cardigan from Celtic Cable Crochet. | Photos by Chris Demsey

Feeling inspired yet? Grab a copy of Celtic Cable Crochet today and start bringing your dreams of richly-textured, twining crochet cables to life!

Yours in Stitches,
Andrea

(Featured Image: Braids and Weaves Alpaca Hat and Satinées Wine Wristers from Celtic Cable Crochet. | Photos by Chris Demsey)


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