Step-by-Step Tu­nisian Crochet Ca­bles

Crochet World - - Contents - By Kim Guz­man

For the projects in this is­sue, all the ca­bles are made dur­ing the clos­ing (or re­turn) pass. This is the 2nd half of each row. The first half of the row is worked nor­mally. When clos­ing the stitches, once you reach the point of the ca­ble, you will sim­ply re­ar­range the ca­ble stitches on the hook. When there are 6-stitch ca­bles, the ca­bles are crossed, 3 over or un­der 3. For 4-stitch ca­bles, the ca­bles are crossed 2 over or un­der 2. All ca­bles are writ­ten so that you will not need a ca­ble stitch holder, but you will need an ex­tra crochet hook.

Start­ing the Ca­ble

Re­move the work­ing loop from the hook and gen­tly lengthen it slightly. Re­move the in­di­cated num­ber of stitches from the hook. For a 4-stitch ca­ble, re­move 4 loops (see photo A). For a 6-stitch ca­ble, re­move 6 loops (see photo B). For the re­main­ing pho­tos, a 6-stitch ca­ble is shown. The same pro­ce­dure is used for any num­ber of ca­ble stitches.

Right-Lean­ing Ca­ble (RLC)

Pinch the last half of the ca­ble stitches to the back of work (see photo C) with the non-hook hand and re­place the first half of the ca­ble stitches on the Tu­nisian crochet hook. Work­ing from back, with reg­u­lar crochet hook (see

photo D), re­place the re­main­ing loops onto the Tu­nisian crochet hook. The stitches are now re­dis­tributed, out of or­der. Re­place work­ing lp (see photo E) that you re­moved at the be­gin­ning of your ca­ble and tighten as nec­es­sary. There is one more step to com­plete the ca­ble. Clos­ing the stitches is ex­plained in the next sec­tion. This in­struc­tion is con­sid­ered part of the ca­ble and is not in­cluded in the pat­tern in­struc­tion.

Clos­ing the Stitches

For a 6-stitch ca­ble: [ Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, chain 1, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times. 6-stitch ca­ble com­plete.

For a 4-stitch ca­ble: [ Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice, chain 1, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice. 4-stitch ca­ble com­plete.

Left-Lean­ing Ca­ble (LLC)

Pinch the last half of the ca­ble stitches to the front of work with (see photo F) the non-hook hand and re­place the first half of the ca­ble stitches on the Tu­nisian crochet hook. Work­ing from front, with reg­u­lar crochet hook

(see photo G), re­place the re­main­ing loops onto the Tu­nisian crochet hook. The stitches are now re­dis­tributed (see photo H), out of or­der. There is one more step to com­plete the ca­ble. Clos­ing the stitches is ex­plained in the next sec­tion. This in­struc­tion is con­sid­ered part of the ca­ble and is not in­cluded in the pat­tern in­struc­tion.

Clos­ing the Stitches

For a 6-stitch ca­ble: [ Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times, chain 1, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] 3 times. 6-stitch ca­ble com­plete.

For a 4-stitch ca­ble: [ Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice, chain 1, [yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice. 4-stitch ca­ble com­plete.

Con­tin­u­ing

Like most ca­bles in any type of needle­work, the first cross­ing of the stitches will look more like a jumble of stitches rather than a nice ca­ble. It is only upon work­ing the sub­se­quent rows that the ca­ble will start form­ing. When work­ing the row di­rectly after the ca­ble cross­ing, pull up on the chain 1 (see photo I) in the cen­ter of the ca­ble with your non-hook hand to ex­tend the stitches and be able to work into them eas­ier.

Photo A

Photo B

Photo C

Photo D

Photo H

Photo I

Photo G

Photo F

Photo E

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