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Don’t be afraid of cables!
Jenni Catavu of By Jenni Designs has designed this classic beanie with a sole crochet cable down the side. It’s so simple with its clean, classic lines.
Jenni used Red Heart With Love yarn, readily available at your local craft store.
If this is your first time making cables, a hat is the perfect opportunity. You have nothing to fear.
What’s the worst that can happen?
Let me tell you a little secret about crochet post stitches cables. They look messy when you first cross the stitches. It will absolutely look like a bundled-up knot. You are not doing anything incorrectly. It’s just what it is.
Once you flatten out those cables with a couple of rows/rounds, they will start looking the way they’re supposed to look.
Jenni has provided some step-by-step photos on the pattern page and, below, I’ve provided some video tutorials. My cable may not be exactly the same cable used by Jenni, but that’s the beauty of cables. You need to learn the technique.
Once the technique is learned, you can do ANY cable or braid by following the same technique.
Pay close attention to the first crossing of the stitches in my video. Yes, indeed, it’s nothing but a crunched up mess. Keep going! You will be so glad that you didn’t give up!
Please note that cables will be crossed in the opposite direction for a leftie when the instructions are followed exactly. If you want your cables to cross in exactly the same direction, you will have to follow instructions to cross the opposite direction.
I’m just providing that information for reference because, once you learn cables, you’ll want to do more of them. You really won’t need that information for this project because it’s just a simple one-way cable and it won’t matter if your crossings lean to the right or to the left.
Read the pattern carefully. All the stitches are double crochet except the crossed cables, which are post trebles. You need that extra height with all the reaching across the stitch has to do and, some patterns, with even wider cables, may require even taller stitches!
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