I have to confess I still have not mastered crochet cables. That is why I love the crochet chain cables stitch so much. It gives me a similar look to crochet cables without the complex post stitches.
The chain cable stitch pattern uses only chains and single crochet to create a braided or cabled look. You won’t believe how easy it can be unless you see it, so I have provided a video tutorial below in both left and right handed crochet.
I was not able to find an official name for this stitch, so I am using the name Chain Cables, the closest name I have found is a pillow pattern using this stitch called the Cable Loop Pillow.
The Chain Cables stitch only has texture on one side and can be used on any flat fabric. I use the medium swatch pattern of this stitch found below for a page for my Baby Sensory Book.
This stitch is one of the stitches included in the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long. You will be able to find 3 different size sample patterns below. These can be used in my Crochet Sensory Baby Book Pattern and two other patterns included in the Crochet A Long.
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Chain Cables Stitch Sample Swatch Materials
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Size 4 Weight Yarn 23-160 yds depending on sample size
Size H Crochet Hook
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Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
R – Row
St(s) – Stitch(es)
For a sample swatch the gauge is not important, but if you are using your swatches for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long you will want to check your gauge.
Gauge is determined by using the Chain Cable Stitch.
11 Sts = 3 inches
15 rows = 3 inches
Chain Cables Stitch Stitch Video Tutorial
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Right Handed Tutorial
Left Handed Tutorial
When working Chain Cables you will want to Chain a multiple of 4 plus 1 for your starting chain.
Large (Blanket) 12 inch Swatch we will chain 45.
Medium (Book) 8 inch Swatch we will chain 33.
Small (Block) 4 inch swatch we will chain 17.
Chain Cables Stitch Swatch Pattern
Note: I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
Ch 17, 33, or 45 depending on the size sample swatch you would like to make.
R1: Sc in the second Ch from the hook and each Ch across.
R2: Ch1, turn, Sc in the first 2 sts, Ch12, *Sc in the next 4 sts, Ch 12* repeat from *to* until the second to last st. Sc in the last 2 sts.
R3: Ch1, turn, Sc in each stitch across, skip all chains. (This will cause the chains to become loops.)
Note: Make sure you pull all chain loops to the front of your work.
R4-6: Ch1, turn, Sc in each stitch across.
Repeat Rows 2-6 until your project is as long as you want it. Then continue to the last row.
Follow the photo instructions below to braid your loops together before completing the last row.
To make this easier I have labeled the loops with numbers. Gray loop is Loop 1, Pink is Loop 2, and Teal is loop three.
To braid you loops together you will start with the bottom loop, or loop 1 and pull loop 2 through loop 1. You can see in the first photo that the pink loop (loop 2) has been pulled through loop 1 (grey loop).
Then you will move up the braid and pull loop 3 through loop 2 (teal through the pink loop).
If you had more loops, the pattern would continue, pull loop 4 through loop 3, loop 5 through loop 4 and so on.
Braid together all your loops and then continue to the last row, where you will be single crocheting through the loop to secure the top loop.
Last Row: Ch1, turn, Sc in the first two stitches, Sc in the next stitch pulling up your loop through the chain loop, *work a Sc in the next 3 stitches, Sc in the next stitch pulling up your loop through the chain loop,* repeat until the last stitch. Sc in the last stitch.
For the 12 inch square work until you have a total of 62 rows.
To make a 8 inch square work until you have a total of 38 rows.
For the 4 inch square work until you have a total of 18 rows.
Single Crochet Border
A Single crochet border makes your edges loop nice and is recommended if you are making any of the March Texture Madness projects.
To add a Single Crochet Border:
Ch1, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1, turn at the corner, Sc in the bottom of each St across, Ch1, turn at the corner, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1 , turn at the corner, Sc in the top of each St. Ch1 slip stitch to the first Sc of the border row.
Now your sample square is complete and ready to be used in one of the three March Texture Madness Projects.
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