Ja­cob's Lad­der Ca­ble Tu­to­rial

Crochet World - - Contents - By Pia Thadani

Tra­di­tional Ja­cob’s lad­der ca­bles are made by form­ing a col­umn of chain loops, then link­ing those loops to­gether by pulling each one through the one be­fore it. The Ja­cob’s Lad­der Cabled Throw takes this tech­nique a step fur­ther. There are 8 ca­bles on the throw. Each ca­ble has 2 col­umns of chain loops, sep­a­rated by 2 half dou­ble cro­chet stitches (see Photo 1). Form each ca­ble one at a time, start­ing at the bot­tom. First, twist the bot­tom loop in the right col­umn ½turn clock­wise. The front “leg” of the loop should cross over to the left (see Photo 2). Now take the 2nd loop from the left col­umn and, with­out twist­ing it, pull it through your twisted loop (see Pho­tos 3 and 4). Set­ting that loop aside, take the bot­tom loop from the left col­umn and twist that ½turn coun­ter­clock­wise. The front “leg” of the loop should cross over to the right (see Photo 5). Take the next loop from the right col­umn and pull it through this twisted loop. You have now cre­ated the first cross of your ca­ble (see Photo 6).

Only the very bot­tom loop of each col­umn needs to be twisted. This cre­ates a nice bot­tom edge and helps to pre­vent gaps from form­ing. Go­ing for­ward, do not twist any more loops. *Take the next (pur­ple) loop from the left col­umn and pull it through the cur­rent (green) loop from the right col­umn (see Pho­tos 7 and 8). Set­ting that loop aside, take the next loop from the right col­umn and pull it through the cur­rent loop from the left col­umn. You have now cre­ated the 2nd cross (see Photo 9). Re­peat from * un­til all loops are linked and only the 2 smaller loops at the top re­main (see Photo 10). To make the last cross, sim­ply cross the left loop over the top of the right loop. There are 2 half dou­ble cro­chet stitches at the cen­ter of the ca­ble. Se­cure each loop to each of these stitches with a lock­ing stitch marker (see Pho­tos 11 and 12). Re­peat this process for the re­main­ing 7 ca­bles. On our next cro­chet row, we will se­cure these fi­nal loops. Each time you come to a ca­ble, re­move the first stitch marker and work a sin­gle cro­chet through both the loop and the stitch be­hind it, then re­peat for the 2nd loop (see Pho­tos 13 and 14). Now your ca­bles are com­plete!

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