How to Crochet a Cable Stitch


How to Crochet a Cable Stitch

This is a great crochet tutorial for you to follow if you're bored with your usual stitches. Learn how to make a cable stitch in only eight steps. The best part is that you only need four stitches for the cable stitch, so learning it is a breeze! Break out of your crocheting rut with this easy yet gorgeous crochet stitch. Then, you can try it out in your next crochet project and show off your new skill.


  1. In order to make a crocheted cable you will need 4 stitches. Therefore chain in multiples of 4, plus add 3. For example, 4 cables would be 16 stitches, plus 3, equals 19, therefore chain 19 stitches. Single crochet in the 2nd stitch from the hook, and in each stitch of the chain.

  2. Chain 3 and turn.

  3. Skip the next stitch, double crochet in each of the next 3 stitches.

  4. Insert the hook, from front to back, into the first stitch skipped.

  5. Draw up a loop, loosely, bring it to the top of the last double crochet worked, and finish the double crochet with yarn over, and through the loops.

  6. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 across the row. End the row with a double crochet in the last stitch.
  7. Chain 1 and turn, single crochet in each stitch across the row.

  8. Repeat the steps, starting at step 2.
  9. Photo shows 3 rows of cable stitch completed.

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This is a really simple and easy tutorial and i was super excited to try it out but i used a really fine yarn and it was really hard to see the cable. I recommend using any chunky yarn to get better results when you finish your project. Thank you for this one though.

Clear, simple, and precise. Thank you!

this is a lovely stitch and gives the appearance of a cable so effective I am using it with chunky wool and hook size 6.5mm and the finish excellent it will make a lovely cushion cover of a firm and chunky style .

This is a nice enough stitch but it certainly is NOT a "Cable".

Thank you for clear photos of cable stitch. My pattern book didn't have these and I really needed to see what to do with this new stitch.

I really enjoy your website. I have learn some many new pattern and able to share them with others.

You will find a video tutorial for an ACTUAL CROCHET CABLE stitch on this link: It's much better than this X stitch instruction provided here!

Thank you everyone for bringing this to our attention. We have fixed the mistake and the instructions should be much easier to follow now. Thanks! -Editors of AllFreeCrochet

Since when does 16 plus 3 equal 17?????????????

I think you need to go back and re-write the pattern where it says the multiple. It should say a multiple of four X four = 16 + 3 =19 You mistakenly wrote 17 and it may confuse some new crocheters.

I am confused about the mutliple of 4 stitches plus 3. I understand the 4 cables being 16 stitches plus 3, however, 16 + 3 equals 19...not 17. Please advise. Thank you!

I am trying to crochet an afghan from the book Lisa's New & Easy Cable afghans & throws from Annie's Attic. My cable's are not looking like the patttern. Can someone help me - tell me what I am doing wrong. The instructions say to make 5fpdc in next stitch and when I do that it looks like a cluster not a cable. I did 5 dc in the front post of the next stitch. Am I reading it wrong? Please help!!

This , I believe, is a very beautifully illustrated version of a CROSS STITCH. I have made afghans with beautiful crochet cables, and the cables create "twirls" that imitate the look of a knit cable, rather than "X's" in the design. I do love these illustrations, and I also appreciate the time and effort that goes into creating them to share. Many thanks!


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