This basic crochet cable stitch is fun to make and produces stunning results. Front post stitches are crossed in front of each other to create a vine or rope-like vertical pattern on your project.

This type of crochet cable was one of the first that I learned! Rope cables are perfect to use on cozy blankets, hats, scarves, pillows, bags and more!

There are a couple of different ways to make crochet cables. I like to make mine so that all the texture is facing the front of my project and the back is nice and smooth.

Today’s tutorial will focus on left-leaning cables. This means you will cross your stitches in front of each other. There are also right-leaning cables. Those involve crossing behind your stitches. I have an ear warmer pattern and video tutorial that practice both is you want to try them out!

How to Crochet a Left-Leaning Rope Cable

Abbreviations

  • US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Hdc: half double crochet
  • FpTr: front post treble crochet
    • Yo x2, insert hook from front to back to front around indicated stitch, yo pull up loop. [Yo, pull through 2 loops] 3x.
  • FpDtr: front post double treble crochet
    • Yo x3, insert hook from front to back to front around indicated stitch, yo pull up loop. [Yo, pull through 2 loops] 4x.

Notes

  • Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
  • Chain multiple 7 + 3
  • Leave hdc sts behind each front post stitch unworked. 
  • Odd rows = front

Crochet Cable Video Tutorial

Related: Tips for Crocheting Cables for Beginners

Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and each st across. Turn. 

Row 3: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and next st. *FpTr around next 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc in next, fptr around next 2 sts 2 rows below, hdc in next 2. Repeat from * across. Turn. 

Row 4: as row 2

Row 5: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and next st. *Skip 3 sts. FpDtr around next 2 Fptr from 2 rows below. Hdc in 3rd skipped st. Working in front of FpDtr just made, FpDtr around 1st 2 skipped FpTr from 2 rows below. Hdc 2. Repeat from * across. Turn. 

Row 6: As row 2

Row 7: Ch 1, hdc in same st as ch 1 and next st. *FpTr around next 2 FpDtr from 2 rows below, hdc in next, fptr around next 2 FpDtr from 2 rows below, hdc in next 2. Repeat from * across. Turn. 

Repeat rows 4-7 for until project is desired size, ending with a row 4.

2024 Crochet Along: Square 5

This is the 5th stitch of the Terrific Textures Crochet Along! This is a year-long CAL running here on The Unraveled Mitten, we are learning a new textured crochet stitch every week other week. Around the end of October, we will join our stitch sampler squares into a cozy blanket.

You can find more info here.

Pre-Order the Entire Pattern Here

You can purchase a pre-order of the Terrific Textures CAL in my shops. Each time a square is released you will automatically receive the PDF copy of that pattern.

You can find written instructions for this stitch above. You’ll notice the instructions are written so you can use this stitch elsewhere besides this CAL. My notes on how I made my 12-inch square are listed below.

  • 146 yds worsted weight yarn- Red Heart Super Saver used in sample
  • Gauge: 7 hdc x 6 rows = 2 in
  • Finished Square before blocking: 11.5 x 11.5
    • Keep in mind a square that is a little smaller than 12 inches is a lot easier to work with in the joining stage than a square larger than 12 inches.

This is what I did:

  • Ch 38 to start
  • Follow stitch instructions above until your square is square, for me this was 32 rows. After final row do not finish off. Move on to border

Border Instructions: Do not finish off. Working on front side of square, ch 1, sc evenly around placing (sc, ch 2 sc) in each corner space. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off weave in ends. Block to 12 inches. **Square should have the same number of stitches per side.

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4 Comments

  1. Can anyone tell me how many stitches should you have for row 3. When I do row 4 there are too many stitches.

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