Crochet cables are awesome.
Some people find them difficult to do. I’ve definitely found my niche. They not only look lovely on a finished project, by adding lots of texture, but keep it interesting for me whilst I’m making it. To make cables you work into a different part of the stitch, using the “posts” rather than working into the top of the previous row or round.
These are the kind of patterns which make people who aren’t crochet-fluent look at me like I come from a different planet. Hehe. Terms like FPDC and BPHDC which lets face it do look pretty confusing. Especially when Mumble is starting to learn to read, sounding out the letters to make the “words”… watching her trying to pronounce one of my patterns was an entire afternoon of entertainment. Ha!
Traditionally, cables look like rope twists running up the length of the fabric, standing proud of the surface. They add dimension and texture, and to be fair, look a lot more complicated than they really are. This pair of gloves shows a traditional cabling pattern (incidentally this is not one of my own designs, find the pattern here) :
The stitches responsible for cables are also the cause of the “bumpy” sections on projects like my Goddess Mandala Beanie:
The same technique can be used to make interesting shapes, without the “traditional” twisted rope look like the MumblesMummy Diagon-Ali beanie, here:
For me, this kind of stitch is soothing. Working a project involving them is a guilty pleasure. I have the kind of mind that enjoys pattern, repetitive sequences, and this kind of work indulges both. I look forward to sharing more as I continue exploring