Try These Tunisian Mock Cables!
Cabled crochet designs are very popular, yet working true crossed cables in Tunisian crochet can be fiddly and time consuming. Mock cables, worked by increasing and decreasing to mimic the look of cables, provide an elegant alternative.
To work these cables, you’ll need to know the following stitches:
TUNISIAN SIMPLE STITCH (TSS): Insert hook behind next front vertical bar, yarn over, pull up a loop, leave loop on hook.
MAKE ONE (M1): Yarn over, do not skip stitch below it—1 stitch increased.
TUNISIAN SIMPLE STITCH TWO TOGETHER (TSS2TOG): Insert hook under next 2 vertical bars, yarn over, pull up a loop through both bars.
TUNISIAN FULL STITCH (TFS): Working into yarn-over space, insert hook under all strands of horizontal bar, yarn over, pull up a loop.
You will also want to learn the joining return pass and the bindoff to complete the Plucky Cardigan in Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. Find detailed descriptions of those stitches with the pattern in the magazine.
To begin, I have worked a small swatch of the foundation row followed by Rows 1–3 of the Tunisian Mock Cable pattern from the Plucky Cardigan Pattern in the issue. These rows establish the 10-stitch pattern repeat—2 stitches that form a band of alternating eyelets followed by a band of 8 tss that will serve as the foundation for the cable. A marker indicates the last stitch of this band and the end of the repeat; move the marker up as the rows progress. Repeating the [M1, 2 tss, tss2tog] pattern on cable Rows 4–8 creates the cable effect. On cable Rows 5–8, the number of eyelet-band stitches before the cable increases by one, and the number of stitches after the cable decreases by one until no stitches remain after the tss2tog.
Row 4 begins the mock cable. Work edge stitch and 2 eyelet band stitches, M1. This begins to move the stitches over to create the cable, 2 tss, tss2tog, 4 tss across to marked stitch.
On Row 5 we begin to incorporate the M1 into the cable. Work the edge stitch and the 2 eyelet-band stitches, tfs in M1 of previous row, M1, 2 tss, tss2tog, 3 tss across to marked stitch.
Row 6 continues the pattern. Work the edge stitch and eyelet band, tss in next tfs, tfs in next M1 of previous row, M1, 2 tss, tss2tog, 2 tss across to marked stitch.
Rows 7–8 complete the cable section of the repeat by continuing to move the tss2tog over until the last marked stitch has been incorporated.
Row 9 completes the repeat by working a tfs in the M1 from Row 8. Now we are back to 8 even stitches after the 2-stitch eyelet column.
Repeat Rows 2–9 for the Tunisian Crochet Mock Cable pattern.
JULIETTE BEZOLD’s love of the detailed and intricate inspires her approach to crochet. In addition to crochet, Juliette’s passion for design takes many forms. She works as an interior designer, specializing in health-care design, and is an accomplished seamstress whose costumes have graced both stage and screen—often with her performing in them! Find her on Ravelry at www.ravelry.com/designers/juliette-bezold.
(Featured Image: The Plucky Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography)
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