Braided Ca­bles in the Round Tu­to­rial

Crochet World - - Front Page - By NT­maglia

Cro­chet ca­ble pat­terns are really im­pres­sive when they flow along scarves, afghans and sweaters. Mag­nif­i­cent tex­tures can be re­al­ized by com­bin­ing their size and length in a thou­sand dif­fer­ent ways. But could you imag­ine the won­der of a round play of twist­ing braids and ropes? Just look at the beau­ti­ful de­signs you can cre­ate by work­ing dif­fer­ent ca­ble pat­terns in the round, by mir­ror­ing ge­ome­tries in each quad­rant, to make a square mo­tif (see Di­a­grams 1, 2 and 3) I’ve used this un­usual tech­nique to cre­ate the square front panel of my Braided Ca­bles Tote. The work was ex­tremely fun and the re­sult was very sat­is­fac­tory. I am pleased to share in this ar­ti­cle the main con­cept and con­struc­tion for this de­sign and to pro­vide step-by-step in­struc­tions to over­come the trick­i­est parts.


The square shape is be­gun with a 4-chain ring and worked in the round, with 3 dou­ble cro­chet sep­a­rated by 2 chain stitches per side ( foun­da­tion square), ex­actly as you do when you work a stan­dard granny square. Cro­cheted ca­bles are made by work­ing around the posts of the stitches in front and in back. For the Braided Ca­bles Tote, I used tre­bles to cre­ate a slouchy ef­fect. So we will use front post tre­bles (fptr) for the fore­ground ropes and back post tre­bles (bptr) for the back­ground stitches. The cross­ing and slant­ing lines of the ca­bles are ob­tained by skip­ping a group of stitches, work­ing around the next group of posts, and then go­ing back and work­ing skipped stitches. The work is not com­pli­cated if you just con­cen­trate on work­ing the stitches in the cor­rect or­der. For the yarn I sug­gest a worsted-weight cot­ton or wool in a nat­u­ral, light color. Off-white, beige and gray are par­tic­u­larly suit­able for this tech­nique as they make the ca­bles stand out.


The Braided Ca­bles Mo­tif is achieved by re­peat­ing a set pat­tern in each of the four

quad­rants that make up the square mo­tif con­sist­ing of: A cen­tral ca­ble made of two 3-fptr ropes, two lat­eral 3-fptr ropes and two thin­ner 2-fptr ca­bles. All of the above stitches are made of four ba­sic stitches: 3-fptr cross over 3-fptr right shift 3-fptr left shift 2-fptr cross over The two ropes of the cen­tral ca­ble cross over each other

(3-fptr cross­over), then they

di­verge (3-fptr right and left

shift), re­join and cross each other again. The two lat­eral ropes slant in­ward to join and cross over the cen­tral ca­ble

(see Photo 1). Let’s look in de­tail step-by-step how to work the 3-fptr ca­ble cross­over; that per­haps is the trick­i­est pas­sage of this work.


The ca­ble cross­over is worked on 7 stitches (3 fptr for each of the two ropes and one cen­tral bptr— see Photo 2). Work fptr in each of the 3 fptr of the left rope (in the stitch or­der

c,b, a) in­sert­ing hook around the front posts (see Photo 3). Then work a bptr back in the cen­tral bptr (go around the cen­tral bptr from the back, in­sert­ing hook from right to left around the post—see Photo 4). Work fptr in each of the 3 fptr of the right rope (in the stitch or­der g,f, e), cross­ing over the front— see Photo 5). Now that you have more con­fi­dence with th­ese pat­terns and con­struc­tion, you can eas­ily fol­low the Braided Ca­bles Tote in­struc­tions to com­plete the work.

Di­a­gram 3

Di­a­gram 2

Di­a­gram 1

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