Boulder Bolero: Tiny Cables

In the Fall 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet, Doris Chan has a lovely little cropped cable cardi we call the Boulder Bolero. We love it so much that we're doing a Crochet-Along with it. Come join us!

Meanwhile, let's take a closer look at those cunning cables along the raglan shoulders. It is a six-stitch cable.

For the first part of the cable, on the right side, you skip three stitches, then work three stitches around the posts of the next three stitches. Pretty straightforward.
The next three stitches can be a bit tricky. You work behind the first three stitches, around the posts of the three skipped stitches. It can be difficult to isolate the stitches in order. Use your fingers to first isolate each stitch, then insert your hook behind the first stitch (shown). Be sure to hold the first three stitches to the front and be careful to get hook around post and not through any other parts of other stitches (clear as mud, right? When you do it, you'll see how loops try to sneak onto the hook. Don't let them.).
This is what the first row of cabling looks like from the front. Pretty.
On the next row, the wrong side of the cable, you will secure those crossed stitches so they lay flat. You work back-post stitches around each of the six crossed stitches in order—which seems easy enough, right? You may find, though, that those leggy cable stitches want to twist about. After working around the first three stitches, use your fingers to pull the fourth stitch into line so you can work around it (he'll be reluctant at first, wanting to hide behind the first three stitches. Force 'm into the light). The final two stitches are a bit easier, but keep an eye out for sneaky stitches.
And this is what the cables look like after two complete sets are done. Beautiful, yes?

If you've done a Doris Chan pattern before (and if you haven't, why not?), you know there's a certain element of trusting to the pattern to carry you along. This pattern is no exception. The short-row shaping that starts the sweater is most unusual and very satisfying — you'll feel like a crochet wizard.

Come join us in the Crochet-Along to add this go-to sweater to your Fall line-up.

Happy crocheting!

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