Vickie Howell: How to Crochet a Cable
The cultivator of craft, Vickie Howell is back and this week she is teaching you the art of crocheting cables. With video tutorial and FREE coffee cup cozie pattern, enhance your crochet skills today.
I love cables. They’re cool, textural and add a bit of interest, especially when working with a smooth yarn like my collaboration with Deramores, Mod Wool. Crochet cables have a similar effect as their knitted sisters, but are easier to create because they don’t require any additional tools.
This week I popped onto the Deramores Facebook page for a live streaming, step-by-step tutorial on crocheting cables. Give the recorded version a watch, then check out the free companion project we’ve posted below.
How to Crochet a Cable
Ok, now you know what to do, so let’s take your new skill for a test drive, shall we? This coffee mug cozy is a good, practice project and a great way to personalize a store-bought item for a unique and quick gift.
1 ball Vickie Howell for Deramores Mod Wool (100% Superwash Merino Wool; 125 m/136 yds), in color: Apollo Aran
Size 5.5 mm (US I/9) crochet hook --or size needed to obtain gauge
3 small buttons
Sewing needle and thread
Fits mug with an appox. 25 cm/10” circumference
13 sts (cable + 7 Dc) = 10 cm/4”
BPdc (back post double crochet)
Yo, insert hook from the back around the front of the post of the st in the row below and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 rem loops.
FPtr (front post triple crochet)
[Yo] twice, insert hook from the front around the back of the post of the st in the row below, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), [yo and pull through 2 loops on hook] twice, yo and pull through rem 2 loops.
U.S./U.K. Conversion Terms
BPdc = BPtr
FPtr = FPdtr
sc = dc
hdc = htr
Row 1 (WS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch to end—32 sts.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in the next 4 dc, *sk 3 dc, FPtr in next 3 dc, FPtr in 3-sk dc**, dc in next 3 sts, sk 2 dc, FPtr in next 2 dc, FPtr in 2-sk dc, rep from * to **, dc in last 5 sts. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 2 (counts as hdc), hdc in next 4 dc, *BPdc in next 6 sts**, hdc in next 3 sts, BPdc in next 4 sts, 3 dc in next 3 sts, rep from * to **, hdc in last 5 sts. Turn.
Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in the next 4 dc, *FPtr in next 6 sts**, dc in next 3 sts, FPtr in next 4sts, dc in next 3 sts, rep from * to **, dc in last 5 sts.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Row 6: Repeat Row 2.
Row 7: Repeat Row 3. Don’t fasten off.
Turn piece to work down the side edge. Sl st 2, *ch 4, sl st in same st as began**, sl st 5 (or to center of edge), rep from * to **, sl st 5 (or to 2 sts before end), rep from * to **.
Weave in ends.
Sew buttons on opposite side edge to correspond with button loops.
Now that you’re a crochet cabling pro, you’re ready for your next project: the Off Kilter Throw. This blanket is more lapghan in size, so it can be made quicker than most, but (thank to the Mod Wool yarn) will have just as much snuggle factor!