When you hear cable stitches, do you immediately think knit or crochet? While this stunning technique often reminds people of knit pieces, it’s also quite common in crochet.
I love crocheting cables. Cabled projects are those slow working, savor-each-stitch adventures that are well worth the time. Those twisting and twining vines of stitches create a pattern that will make you stop and look in amazement at what your hands created.
Winter is the perfect time of year for cable crocheting. It creates a tight, textured and heavy fabric, making it perfect for the season. I’m thrilled that so many recently-released designs included them. Here are three that caught my attention.
If you’ve never crocheted with cables, this is a great pattern to take the plunge. A chunky braided cable is the centerpiece of this scarf with a raised post stitch border on each side. Perfect for those solid skeins of Aran weight yarn in rich jewel tones or lighter colors where those raised stitches pop.
Who can resist a warm cabled hat for the winter? Rounds of twisty cables and a folded brim make this a fun crochet project. The furry pom pom is the perfect finishing touch for this cozy winter must make.
Noelle Stiles has a number of wonderful cable crochet patterns, but this one made me stop in my tracks. I’m in awe of the labyrinth created with the intertwined aran cables so exquisitely lining the side panels. This is one of those pieces that will stop people in their tracks and ask you about it. Into the queue it goes as I hunt down the perfect yarn to make this pattern.
Aimee Hansen is a crochet designer and blogger who writes at Yarngerie and can be found hanging out in the Knitcrate forums and other great places on Ravelry, or you can follow her on Instagram as Aheemai.