Crochet Cables: 4 Expert Tips to Get You Started
Crochet cables, wool sweaters, baking cookies, and hot chocolate–these are a few of my favorite fall things! I first fell in love with crochet cable designs almost 25 years ago when I first started crocheting, but I was too intimidated to even try. It was about 15 years before I gave them a try and realized that I was intimidated for nothing.
Well, I’m here to share my best tips for crocheting cables. So grab your Interweave Crochet Fall 2019 issue, pick your favorite crochet cable pattern, and make a steaming cup of hot chocolate. (Do you prefer marshmallows or whipped cream?)
4 Tips for Crochet Cables
1. Brush up on your crochet post stitches.
Most crochet cables are created using post stitches. Yes, there are multiple ways to create cables. I am obsessed with the Deciduous Tunic which is created by twisting strips of crochet around each other, but the most common method of creating crocheted cables is using post stitches. And post stitches are easy. To create a post stitch, insert your crochet hook around the post of the stitch you are working into instead of under the top two loops. You can work front post stitches and back post stitches depending on which direction you insert the crochet hook.
2. Choose the right crochet hook.
If you are using post stitches to create your crochet cables, the multiple loops for the tall crochet stitches used are pushed high on the shaft of the hook. If the shaft of your hook widens, the loops will be stretched making the top of your crochet cable stitch loose. This can create loose cables and holes. Sloppy cables caused by using the wrong hook was probably my biggest frustration when I first started crocheting them. Look for a crochet hook with a smooth even shaft. If you have short Tunisian crochet hooks, they work great.
3. Take a few minutes to study the stitch diagram or pattern.
Sometimes the hardest part of crocheting cables is understanding how the stitches work around each other to create the cable. Front post stitches, back post stitches, skipped stitches, and crossed stitches, it can be a bit confusing if you don’t study the pattern before you begin. Many crochet cable patterns, like the Journey Home Cardigan and the Pie Bake Cardigan, include detailed stitch diagrams for the cables. These stitch diagrams are priceless when you are trying to “see” how a cable works. If you need help reading stitch diagrams, brush up your stitch diagram skills with six tips.
4. Pick the right yarn.
To make your crochet cables pop, you really want a crisp yarn. Look for a tightly twisted wool, cotton, or even acrylic. A smooth tight yarn will make it easier to work the stitches you need for your cable and will make the cables stand out. You also want to choose a solid colored yarn. A multicolored yarn will hide all of your hard cable work.
Now you are ready to tackle your own crochet cable project. Take it from someone who put off crochet cables for too long; you can do this! Download your copy of Interweave Crochet Fall 2019 today for more amazing crochet cable patterns as well as great information on how to create beautiful traditional and nontraditional cables.