Last year I was lucky enough to work with the guys at Deramores to design a blanket collection to encourage people learning to crochet, those wanting a simple mindful project, or just people wanting inspiration to use up some of their stash!
All of the patterns are completely free to download as PDFs from the Deramores site (I’ll pop the link below) but I know that lots of people love picture tutorials so I’ve put some together to accompany the free patterns.
Today I’ll be sharing the step by step tutorial for the Simple Cable Stitch I used to create The Lapsang Blanket.
It’s a really easy stitch but slightly different from a traditional cable stitch as you only work across the stitches to create the cable and not into the skipped stitch. (If this makes no sense at all at the moment then please don’t worry – I promise I’ll explain later on!)
Firstly, I’ll add the link for the free PDF – you have the option here to purchase the yarn pack too but if you don’t want to then make sure you select ‘digital pattern only’ on the drop down menu to download the PDF.
Click on the Pinterest link on the image to pin it for later –
The Simple Cable Crochet Stitch
Now to the tutorial. As I said earlier, this is my take on a simple cable stitch and might not be quite what you’re used to but it makes the most beautiful texture for blankets so I went with it for the Lapsang Blanket. It’s a one row repeat so once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be able to set up your favourite TV boxset and just go for it.
Throughout the tutorial I will talk in standard UK crochet terms but will add the US version in brackets too.
To begin, you need to work a chain of any multiple of 4.
Then you need to work a treble (US double crochet) in the 5th chain from your hook. This means the 4 chains at the start now become a stitch and a chain for the pattern.
Next, you need to work a treble (US double crochet) in the next 2 chains.
The next step creates the ‘cable’ of the stitch pattern. Working across the 3 stitches you just made, work a treble (US double crochet). This will feel a little weird to start with as you kind of have to hold the work sideways to complete the stitch but once you’ve done it a few times you’ll be fine.
This shows the completed stitch worked over the top of the 3 you made to start with. As you see, it doesn’t go ‘into’ a stitch, it just wraps around the 3 stitches instead.
Next you need to skip the next chain and then work a treble (US double crochet) into the next 3 as shown below.
Then, as before, work a treble (US double crochet) over the stitches you’ve just made. Continue working like this until chain before the end of the row. To complete the row work a treble (US double crochet) in the last chain.
To start the next row you need to chain 3 (this counts as a stitch), then work a treble (US double crochet) into the next 3 stitches.
Then work a stitch over the 3 stitches you just made as you did in the previous row.
Now you can just carry on as you did for the first row – skip a stitch, work 3 trebles (US double crochet), work a stitch over the 3 stitches just made. Repeat this until the stitch before the last. Work a stitch in the last to complete the row.
Carry on repeating the second row of stitches for as long as you want to create the pattern now.
That’s all there is to it! Such a simple but effective stitch pattern that is perfect for blankets, cowls and other accessories where you’d like a lovely drape and slightly different texture.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed learning this stitch and it’s given you inspiration to use it for something new and exciting!
Still to come in the Afternoon Tea Collection – The Oolong, Assam and Darjeeling Blankets and their stitches too.
More stitch tutorials and patterns
Now that you’ve mastered this you might like to try some others. I have a whole collection of free stitch tutorials and blanket patterns on my blog so just visit the links and see what you fancy making next.
These are some of my favourites that I thought you might like. They are all suitable for beginners and they all lend themselves really nicely to make blankets, scarves, garments, you name it!
The best part about the Larksfoot Stitch is that it grows soooooo quickly! You’ll have a blanket made in no time at all. It’s easy, fun and it’s dropped down stitches give a little bit of a twist to add something to the colour mix and texture.
The stitch is a really simple 2 row repeat that creates a beautiful lace-like texture with the most gorgeous drape and feel. It uses simple stitches with a little twist (a crossover stitch) to give the lovely texture. So if you can crochet a treble stitch (UK) or double crochet (US) then you can definitely do this!
Learn to crochet the V stitch with this step by step crochet tutorial for beginners. A perfect stitch for baby blankets, home decor, scarves and cardigans this is a classic crochet stitch which everyone can learn.
Learn to crochet the granny block crochet stitch with this easy step by step crochet tutorial for beginners. A twist on the classic crochet granny square, the granny block stitch is worked in rows instead of rounds and so is much easier to master. The free crochet blanket pattern and stitch tutorial are in both US and UK crochet terms.
The Ripple Stitch is such a crochet classic that everyone needs to learn! It has a really easy repeat and such a soothing rhythm that you’ll be addicted before you know it. You can really play around with colours to make this modern or classic so easily.
Thank you so much and I’ll be back soon with more! Hannah x