Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial

Are you looking to incorporate a new stitch into your repertoire? One of my favourite textured stitches is the 6 stitch cable crochet. It is an intermediate level technique that can add tons of beauty and interest to your crochet projects.

If you are ready to learn more about the crochet cable stitch, check out my crochet cable stitch tutorial.

Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial

What is the Crochet Cable Stitch?

The crochet cable stitch is a special technique that creates the illusion of twisted or braided patterns. There are different ways to make the crochet cable stitch. Each way will create a unique design. Once you get the hang of creating the stitches, making crochet cables is a fun way to add visual interest to your projects.

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Petite Cabled Skirt Set Crochet by Melody Rogers

What Types of Projects Using the Cable Stitch Crochet?

The crochet cable stitch is a versatile technique that adds texture and visual interest to various projects. Some common projects include:

  • Sweaters
  • Blankets
  • Scarves
  • Cowls
  • Hats
  • Pillows
  • Dishcloths
  • Tote Bags
  • Headbands
  • Leg Warmers
  • …and More

Reading a Crochet Cable Stitch Chart

Reading a crochet cable chart might seem intimidating at first, but once you understand the basics, it will become a valuable tool. Here are some important things you must do when reading a crochet cable chart.

  • Look at the Key/Legend

Familiarise yourself with the key or legend provided on the chart. This section explains the symbols used for each type of stitch. It will also identify the symbols that are used to represent cable crosses. Common cable symbols include slashes, backslashes, and arrows.

  • Read from Bottom to Top:

In most crochet cables charts, the rows are read from the bottom to top, in the same direction you usually crochet. Patterns that are worked in the round start from the inside and work out.

  • Follow the Arrows

Arrows in the chart can indicate many things from the direction of your work to binding off. Before you begin, know what each arrow symbolises. Pay close attention to the arrows while you work.

  • Count the Symbols

Different symbols can represent a different number of stitches. Once you have completed a row, count the number of stitches on the chart and make sure your project has the same number.

  • Watch for Repeats

Crochet cable charts often have repeated sections. Look for brackets or other markings that indicate where a specific set of stitches is repeated

How to Crochet Cable Stitch

how to crochet cable stitch

Skill Level for this Cable Stitch Crochet


Stitches and Abbreviations for this Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial

How to Crochet Cable Stitch Tutorial

  1. Chain 20. For the turning chain, skip 2 ch. Work 2 rows of double crochet after that. Tadah! You’ve now made your foundation for this stitch.

  2. Ch 3, dc in the next 6 sts. Skip the 3sts after that. fpdc into the next stitch.

    Do the fpdc for 2 more sts to end up with a 3 front-post double crochet stitches that slants to the right.

  3. Back up to #2, to the 3sts that you skipped. Fpdc into the three stitches. Now, you have stitches that slants to the left

    Use Dc in the remaining stitches until you reach the end of the row

  4. Make a turn. Ch 3. Skip the first dc. dc in the next 3 dc. bpdc in the next 6 sts. Then make a dc to end.

  5. Repeat steps 2-4 (the cable row and wrong side row) to work the cable pattern.

Now that you’ve learned how to do the 6 Stitch Cable Pattern, let’s test it out!

girly crochet headband skirt set
Petite Cabled Skirt Set Crochet by Melody Rogers

Lavender Baby Skirt Crochet Cable Set

This intermediate level design (due to the cables) features the use of the 6 stitch cable pattern.

This pattern comes in 5 sizes and you will only need 3 things to create this pattern: yarn, crochet hook, and yarn or tapestry needle. Perfect as a newborn’s photo prop or can also add style to basic onesies.

For your first try in crocheting the 6 stitch cable pattern, I would advice that you keep your pattern in front of you. It’s easy to mix up your cables!

The crochet cable stitch is a technique that involves crossing stitches over each other. By doing so, you create twists within your fabric. While it may seem a bit tricky at first, mastering this stitch opens the door to a world of captivating patterns.

Check the Pattern here

Tips for Perfecting Your Crochet Cable Stitch

Perfecting the crochet cable stitch can be both rewarding and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect crochet cable stitch:

  • Maintain Consistent Tension

Consistency is very important when making crochet cables. Stitch tension is key to creating a neat and uniform cable stitch appearance. Practice maintaining the same tension throughout your project.

  • Use Stitch Markers

Do not be afraid to use stitch markers throughout your project. You can use stitch markers to identify the beginning and end of each cable section. They can also be placed in stitches to remind you of upcoming changes.

The markers will help you keep track of your progress and ensure that you do not miss any stitches. Check out the Best Stitch Markers here.

  • Practice with a Swatch

Before you start on a large project, create a practice swatch. Swatches allow you to familiarize yourself with the pattern and allow you to get the right tension. A swatch will also allow you to check your gauge. Here’s a guide to Crochet Gauge Swatches.

  • Follow the Pattern Instructions

Cables can be tricky. So, pay very close attention to the pattern instructions. Placing the stitches in the right places is crucial for creating beautiful, uniform cables.

  • Learn Both Front and Back Post Stitches

It is essential that you understand both front post and back post stitches. Practice each technique to achieve until you create the desired texture and appearance in your cables.

  • Take Breaks

Crocheting intricate cable patterns can be mentally demanding. Take short breaks to avoid hand and eye strain. This will help to ensure that you maintain accuracy and precision in your stitches.

  • Use Proper Lighting:

Good lighting is essential when making crochet cable stitches. Before you begin, ensure you have good visibility so you will be able to see each stitch clearly. You can also use a craft lights to brighten your space.

  • Count Your Stitches

As with all crochet patterns, it is very important to count your stitches. Once you have completed a row, go back, and count to make sure you have the correct number of stitches. Crochet stitch counters help you keep track of your stitches.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Crochet Cable Stitch

  • What is the crochet cable stitch?

The crochet cable stitch is a technique that creates the appearance of twisted or interwoven cables in your fabric.

  • Is the crochet cable stitch suitable for beginners?

The crochet cable stitch can be challenging for absolute beginners. However, with practice, beginners can quickly learn the cable stitch. Start with a simple cable pattern and work up to more complicated designs.

  • What types of projects can I make with the crochet cable stitch?

The crochet cable stitch is a versatile stitch. It can be used for various projects such as scarves, blankets, sweaters, and accessories.

  • What is the difference between front post and back post cables?

In a front post stitch, you put your hook from the front to the back, around the stitch post, and back to the front. This makes the stitch stick out on the front side.

For a back post stitch, you insert your hook from the back to the front, around the stitch post, and back to the back, making the stitch stand out on the back side.

  • Can I use any yarn weight for crochet cables?

Yes, you can use different yarn weights to make crochet cable stitches. The choice will depend on the project you are working on. Thicker yarn may produce more pronounced cables, while finer yarn creates delicate cables.

Begin Crafting Stunning Handmade Projects by Incorporating the Beautiful Crochet Cable Stitch

The crochet cable stitch is a wonderful technique that opens up a world of creative possibilities. With its eye-catching twists, this stitch will add texture to your crochet projects.

We can’t wait to see your very own creation. Share them on our Facebook Page, pretty sure everyone else would love to see them!

For more stitch tutorials, check out our Crossed Puff Cables Tutorial, 5-Spike Crochet Star Stitch and Crochet Mesh Stitch Tutorial.

Whether you are making blankets, sweaters, or accessories, the crochet cable stitch brings an elegant touch to your creations.


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