How to Crochet Cables for Beginners

If you are a beginner to the world of cables and are you looking for a simple tutorial about crochet cables. I can help out!

Learning how to crochet cables may seem intimidating, but it is actually simple once you get the hang of it. I will show you how to make a crochet cable stitch with a written pattern as well as a video tutorial.

How to Crochet Cables

What is a Crochet Cable?

A basic crochet cable is a technique that uses front post double crochet stitches (FPdc) to create texture in projects. Stitches are worked around the front and back post of other stitches, which is what creates the cable stitch look.

This tutorial will focus on working cables with the FPdc which is a great introduction into crochet cabling.

Stitches in Crochet Cables

To be able to create crochet cable stitches, you will need to know how to front post double crochet (FPdc) and single crochet.

Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc)

  • Yarn over the hook, pick up a loop from front
  • Insert your hook from right to left under the designated stitch
  • *yarn over, draw through two loops, repeat from * twice.

Single Crochet (sc)

  1. Insert hook from front to back in the second chain from the hook or designated stitch
  2. Bring the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn back through the chain (or stitch) from back to front (2 loops on hook).
  3. Yo and pull through both loops on the hook.

Supplies for Cable Crochet

To crochet cables, you will need only need two crochet materials or tools to get started, which are yarn and a crochet hook.

Yarn

For this example, I am using Lion Brand Heartland, which is a four weight yarn. If you’d like to also use this yarn, the color is called Capitol Reef. You can use any yarn you’d like with this crochet cable tutorial.

Heartland

This yarn is made by Lion Brand, and is a Weight 4 – Medium yarn.

Heartland

Fiber: 100% Acrylic
Yardage: 251yd / 230m (200yd / 183m in prints)
Hook: 6 mm (J-10)
Substitute: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

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Crochet Hook

For these instructions, I will be using a I-9 5.5 mm hook size. Be sure to keep the hook size in mind you are using in relation to the yarn you picked. My favorite hooks are Tulip Etimo, which I’ll link up below.

Need help finding the hook size? You can usually find the suggested hook size on the yarn label of the yarn you are using.

Ready to get started?

Scroll on down to find the detailed tutorial on how to make an easy cable in crochet! If you require any further assistance, please feel free to email me.

Basic Crochet Cable Pattern

Skill Level: Intermediate

Materials

Crochet Stitches & Abbreviations

Notes

  • All patterns and tutorials are written in standard US terms
  • Use a starting ch in a multiple of 6 plus 3
    • This means you’ll crochet a chain in a multiple of 6 then add 3 more chains to that multiple.
  • The number at the end of the foundation row shows the stitch count for that row and every row in the pattern.
  • Ch do not count as sts
  • * Asterisks show a repeated stitch pattern.
  • IMPORTANT: Always skip the sc behind the FPdc just made

How to Crochet a Cable Stitch

Foundation Row: Ch 21, 1 sc in the second ch from the hook, 1 sc in each ch across, turn (20)

Row 1: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, turn.

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sts, *FPdc around the post of the next sc 2 rows below

1 sc next st, FPdc around the post of the next sc 2 rows below, sc into the next 3 sts, rep from *, turn.

Row 4: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *FPdc around the post of the next FPdc 2 rows below, sc into the next st, FPdc around the post of the next FPdc 2 rows below, sc in next 3 sc, rep from * across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across.

Row 7: Ch 1, sc in next 2 sc, *sk next 2 sts, work a FPdc around the post of the next FPdc 2 rows below

sc into the second sk st, FPdc around the post of the last skipped FPdc,

sc into next 3 sc (see pic below on where to start this), rep from * across, turn.

Row 8: Ch 1, 1 sc into each st across.

Row 9: Ch 1, sc in the next 2 sc, *FPdc around the post of the next FPdc 2 rows below, sc into the next st, FPdc around the post of the next FPdc, sc in the next 3 scs, rep from * across, turn.

Repeat rows 4 – 9 for the pattern

Crochet Cable Video Tutorial

This video starts with row 9

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