How to Crochet Thick Cable Stitch

By Kathryn Vercillo of Crochet Concupiscence


Once you’ve mastered a basic cable stitch pattern you can play around with many variations on this stitch. Here’s a thick cable stitch. It is worked using front post double crochet stitches, back post double crochet and front post treble stitches. Learn more about working post stitches here.

Step One:

Crochet a starting chain that is a multiple of 6. This example is 18 stitches.


Step Two:

Ch 1 and sc across the starting chain.

Step Three:

*Fpdc around first sc, bpdc around next 4 sc, fpdc around next sc, rep from * across row. Ch 3 and turn.

Step Four:

*Bpdc around first st, sk 2 stitches, fptr in each of next 2 stitches, fptr in each of the 2 stitches that you already skipped (cross back over the first two fptr st, work the first fptr in the first stitch you skipped and the second in the second stitch you skipped, working backwards across the first pair of fptr stitches like this is what creates the cable), bpdc around next st. Repeat from * across row. Ch 3 and turn.

At this stage you will begin to see the twists of the cable forming but it won’t be obvious yet that you’re creating a cable pattern. It will become clearer as you add additional rows.

Step Five:

Repeat steps three and four to the length of the cable desired. In this example, I’ve repeated each step three times.

This is what the wrong side of the fabric should look like once you start working the cable.

If you are looking for a quick crochet pattern that incorporates cabling, try the Downhill Earwarmer by Kim Kotary in our Jan/ Feb ’10 issue or Red Heart’s free Cable Crochet Scarf Pattern designed by Candi Jensen.