For the Love of Cables: A Post Stitch Primer

Interweave Crochet Fall 2017 and Interweave Crochet Fall 2016 are chock-full of cable projects! Most of these projects call for the use of the post stitch, so this little primer should have you on your way to cabling in no time.

Post stitches are worked around the post of a stitch, rather than in the top of the stitch as with regular stitches, and they create dimension in the fabric. The post stitch comes in two primary types: front post stitches and back post stitches. The difference between back and front post stitches lies in where you insert your hook.

For front post stitches, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post.

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The resulting stitch will lie at the right-side front of the fabric.

For back post stitches, insert your hook from back to front to back around the post.

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The resulting stitch will lie to the back of the fabric.

To better see the difference, see how the post stitches look side by side.

post stitch

Because you’re working around the post of the stitch, the tops of the stitches create a ridge on the fabric.

Cables are created by working post stitches in specific groupings and directions.

When post stitches cross, ordinarily a taller stitch is used to avoid puckering the fabric. So, for instance, if you are using double crochet post stitches to create the vertical part of the cable, when they cross, you will use treble crochet post stitches. Follow the directions given in the pattern you are using.

If you’re just starting out with crochet cable work, you may want to start with the Ponderosa Headband from Interweave Crochet Fall 2017 or the Hudson Hat and Gloves from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016. When you’re comfortable with post stitches and the movement of cables, try the Pinyon Pullover or Juniper Cape from Interweave Crochet Fall 2017 or last year’s Kinni Cardigan or Temescal Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016.

Also, be sure to check out the extensive cable information in Beyond the Basics from Interweave Crochet Fall 2016 and the brand-new cable technique in Interweave Crochet Fall 2017.



Your Crochet Cable Journey Has Begun!


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