Classic, Faux, and Tunisian: Crocheting Cables

Cables sweaters and cold winter days are like bread and butter. They are the perfect, comforting mix. Over the last five years, Interweave Crochet has shared beautiful examples of crochet cables garments. And in that time, crochet cables have come a very long way and been incorporated into crochet sweaters in an ever increasing multitude of ways.

   The Curried Cable Jacket by Pricila Gomes, from Interweave Crochet Fall 2009, is the perfect example of the classic crochet cable. The main fabric of this cozy jacket is worked in half double crochet while the textured cables down the front and sleeves are worked in front post treble crochet stitches.  It is the crossing of these raised post stitches that creates the cabling. Pricilla also uses uncrossed front and back post double crochet stitches to create the ribbing at the waist and wrist, creating texture but not cabling.
  If you are not a big fan of crossing front or back post crochet stitches, Kim Guzman created a beautiful faux cable in the Luna Sweater, published in the Interweave Crochet Winter 2009 issue. Worked from seam to seam, double crochet stitches are worked into single crochet stitches several rows below to mimic the look and texture of crochet cables. This gorgeous fabric is able to decrease the thickness that can be associated with crochet cables.
  In the Interweave Crochet Winter 2010 issue, Hannah Cuveillo took cables to another crochet stitch. She incorporated post stitch cables into a Tunisian simple stitch jacket. This innovative technique creates a unique appearance in a fabric that retains the warm created by solid of Tunisian crochet stitches. Hannah technique is a true melding of Tunisian crochet and the post stitches of more mainstream crochet.

Check out the great crochet cable garments and accessories in Interweave Crochet. For a limited time you can save 40% on the collection CDs. So complete your Interweave Crochet collection by purchasing the back issue CDs today and enjoy exploring the many crochet cables.

Best wishes,

P.S. Do you have any tips for crocheting cables?

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