I’m a huge fan of big poofy cables. I love this Hometown USA yarn for giving me these delicious cables in Tunisian crochet. This is a great introduction to Tunisian cables and you don’t even need a Tunisian hook! Just put a rubber band on the end of a size P hook and you’re all set.
Rippling Waves Cowl
designed by Kim Guzman © Jan. 2015
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Technique: Tunisian Crochet
6 x 28″
- Lion Brand Hometown USA (super bulky acrylic; 81 yds per 5 oz): 2 skeins Oklahoma City Green used in model
- Tunisian Crochet Hook Suggested Size: 12mm (or size to meet gauge) This isn’t a standard size hook, but a size P hook will work for most people since my tension is rather on the loose side anyway.
- Cable Stitch Holder
- Yarn needle (for weaving ends)
Skill Level: I wouldn’t recommend this project as a first-time Tunisian crochet project. The entire project is made in Tunisian Knit Stitch which is easy, but the manipulation of the stitches does require some “reading” of the stitches which would require some Tunisian crochet experience.
Tunisian Knit Stitch (right-handed): CrochetKim YouTube Channel
Tunisian Knit Stitch (left-handed): CrochetKim YouTube Channel
To learn the Tunisian cabling technique, see my Honey Sweet Baby Blanket HERE. This blanket includes full video tutorials for making cables in Tunisian crochet except that the blanket includes 4-stitch cables and this project includes 6-stitch cables. You would simply apply the same technique to this project. Do not be alarmed. The only thing that you are doing is crossing the stitches before closing them.
Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks): insert hook from front to back, between front and back vertical bars of same stitch, yarn over, pull loop through.
Left-Leaning Cable (llc): On closing, extend first loop (working loop) and remove from hook, with non-hook hand, pinch next six stitches and remove from hook, place cable holder through three stitches closest to hook, move cable holder to front of work, place remaining three stitches back on hook, place stitches on cable holder back on hook (stitches are now crossed), place working loop back on hook and tighten as necessary, [yarn over, pull through two loops on hook] 3 times, chain one, [yarn over, pull through two loops on hook] 3 times.
Right-Leaning Cable (rlc): On closing, extend first loop (working loop) and remove from hook, with non-hook hand, pinch next six stitches and remove from hook, place cable holder through three stitches closest to hook, move cable holder to back of work, place remaining three stitches back on hook, place stitches on cable holder back on hook (stitches are now crossed), place working loop back on hook and tighten as necessary, [yarn over, pull through two loops on hook] 3 times, chain one, [yarn over, pull through two loops on hook] 3 times.
For left-handers, the instructions for the cable lean are mirrored for you. For instance, placing the stitch holder in the back will actually produce a left-leaning cable. You aren’t doing anything incorrectly. It’s just the nature of cables. For this project, left-handers will have to flip the instructions in order to duplicate this cable.
When pulling up loops (part A) of row, always skip the first stitch of the row.
There is a chain in the middle of each cable which begins on the first crossing. It allows the cables to open up on the fabric. It is there solely to allow the cables to sit nicely and you will ignore it when pulling up stitches. It’s there. Just ignore it.
9 stitches x 8 rows equals 4″ square in stitch pattern (Gauge isn’t extremely crucial for this project since you can easily add more rows as desired.)
Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern Begins Here
A: Ch 14, sk first ch, *insert hook in back horizontal bar of next ch, yo, pull lp through, rep from * across–14 lps on hook (here and throughout).
B: Ch 1, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook across–1 lp rem on hook (here and throughout).
A: Tks across.
B: Ch 1, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook across.
A: Tks across.
B: Ch 1, llc, rlc, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook.
A: Tks across.
B: Ch 1, *[yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times, ch 1, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times, rep from * once more, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook.
Row 12: Rep row 6.
Rows 13-60: Rep rows 7-12 consecutively.
Row 61: *Insert hook in next stitch as for tks, yo, pull lp through stitch AND through lp on hook (sl st made), rep from * across, fasten off.
With yarn needle, seam together first and last rows of project, weave in all ends securely.
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