If you are looking for an elegant crochet stitch that will add a bit of texture to your projects, the cable stitch is a technique that does just that. This stitch is popular in sweaters and scarves, though you could also use it on dishrags to give you a bit more grip on dirty surfaces.
This stitch is a relatively simple repeat stitch, but can be tricky to work into a foundation chain, according to Look at What I Made. Instead, they recommend using a base row or round with a multiple of four.
Try using this stitch on headbands, purses or scarves when you want a simple, classy design. This pattern works well in solid colors because the pattern is so distinct.
There are several styles of the cable stitch, though some of the most popular include a weave texture and a rope-like pattern. Choosing to work in rows or rounds will change how the pattern looks.
One of the best parts of this technique is that you can use any thickness of yarn, which opens up the possibilities for really cozy quilts and sweaters made from a thicker yarn.
The key to success with this stitch is to ensure the pattern looks balanced. The Crochet Crowd recommends starting with multiples of 12 plus 5 for their cable stitch pattern.
To tackle this pattern you should be familiar with chains, double crochets, front post double crochet, half double crochet, back post double crochet, half double crochet, back post double crochet and front post treble crochet.
The cable stitch pattern consists of one base row and then four repeating rows until you get to the end of your project. You'll add a closing row and tie the project up.
This crochet pattern is a bit trickier than some, but the results are worth it. Plus, once you master the pattern you can play with it a little to get a nice braided look like the one below.
Check out the video below to see step-by-step instructions for completing this pattern. If you love the cable stitch, share these project ideas with your friends on Facebook.