The Cable Stitch

The cable stitch creates a cable across a group of dc. It is created by pulling up a loop in a stitch several stitches back and pulling it across the dc already created – a diagonal spike stitch. Its a nice repeating pattern that is easy for beginners.

The cable stitch is made in multiples of 4 plus 2.

This pattern is written in US terms but you can find the UK translation below

UK Translation

Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

Single crochet (sc) = double crochet

The Pattern

You will need to chain a foundation row with a multiple of 4 stitches plus 2.

Row 1. Sc in 3rd chain from hook (turning chain counts as a stitch) sc in each stitch across

Row 2. Make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch, which counts as the first double crochet of the row. Skip the next stitch and dc in the next 3 stitches. Go back to the skipped stitch and make a cable. You want to insert your hook into the loops, not in the chain space.

The cable stitch goes into the skipped stitch
Your cable stitch is made in the skipped stitch before you made the dc

(Yarn over, insert hook into the skipped stitch you made before the 3 dc and pull up a long loop across the 3 dc so the loop is the height of the other stitches. Complete the stitch as you would a normal dc – this is your cable stitch)

Pull your cable stitch up high
Pull up your cable stitch until it is as high as the other stitches in the row

*Skip the next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches. Go back to the skipped stitch and make a cable* repeat the pattern between * and *

Dc in the last stitch of the row

Tip – if your cable gets twisted, just run your nail down the middle and it will straighten itself out.

The last stitch goes into the very last stitch of the row
Your final dc goes into the very last stitch of the row

Turn

Row 3. Chain 1, sc in first stitch. Sc in each stitch across

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for as many rows as you need. End in a repeat of row 3.

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