If you love crochet that is textured and crisp, almost 3D,
you will absolutely love this cable
I will only give you the strip, you will have to calculate it into a block or fit into the
pattern of your next purse, or top, which is not difficult, for example, if you are making a tote, it would look crisp and beautiful as a center motif and then you just add the width on the sides, I've done that type of thing too.
If it is front and center on summer top or shell, you calculate it on a paper pattern of a similar garment you already made.
Or better yet, if you are working on blocks or strips you just add it every now and then, and it will look gorgeous.
A few years back made a shell for my mom (for Mother's day) using blocks that were 29 stitches wide and I just kept going up
without ending the block until I had a series of strips. I measured the width of one of her tops and matched it, leaving a square
neckline and then just made a shell edging all around the neck, armhones and bottom. The top was very pretty and she loves it
to this day. It is comfortable and she wears it every chance she gets.
You can do something like that with this strip.
Puff Stitch: Yarn over, insert the hook into the stitch you are making, yo, pull long loop to the height of all the stitches int he row, (if hdc do it to the height of the hdc)
through stitch, (yo, insert hook in the same st, yo, pull long lp through st) 3 times, yo, pull through all loops on hook, ch 1.
I'm giving you the pattern in two versions.
1st. hdc and puff stitch, for those that like to work fast. The result is "airy," I worked with worsted weight yarn and an H hook.
I also made the same pattern with worsted weight yarn and an H hook, using sc instead of hdc and a smaller modified puff stitch,
for those who would want it to be tighter stitch.
If you will be using cotton thread, adjust it to a worsted weight thread, such as Sugar and Cream (especially if you are inserting the cable into a purse pattern)
or just work with No 3 or No 5 thread plus a No10 thread held together throughout and reduce the size of the hook to a G. The strip will be narrower and
you will have to add more side stitches to make up your pattern but that should be no problem if you are working in strips. Get yourself one of those wonderful
70's style patterns for tote bags or granny square tops and think "strips" instead of blocks and you'll be buzing along in no time! Of ocurse, you can use it as an
all-over pattern andit would be simply gorgeous,but if you want it as an acent on a project that needs "something," it woule be easy to insert as a strip in a prominent
Here's the pattern:
Puffed Cable in two versions
Hdc Puffed Cable
Row 1--Ch 10, 1 hdc in 3rd ch from hk and in each ch across. Ch 2 (counts as 1st hdc throughout), turn.
Row 2--1 hdc in next 3 sts, 1 puff st in next st, 1 hdc in each of last 4 sts. Ch 2, turn.
Row 3--1 hdc in next 2 hdc, 1 puff st in each of next 3 sts, 1 hdc in last 3 sts. Ch 2, turn.
Row 4--1 hdc, 1 puff st, 1 hdc in top of next puff st , 1 hdc in top of next puff st, 1 puff st in top of next puff st, 1 hdc in each of last 2 hdc. Ch 2, turn.
Rows 5 to 6--Rep Row 4. Ch 2, (counts as 1 hdc), turn. Ch 2, turn.
Row 7-- 1hdc in nextst, 1 puff st in each of next 2 sts, 1 hdc in each of last 2 sts.
Rep from rows 2 to 6, for puffed "cable" shape.
Sc Puffed Cable
This is the smaller version with a more "closed" weave in its stitching:
Row 1--Ch 10, 1 sc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 2--1 sc in each of next 2 sc, 1 puff st in next st, 1 sc in each of last 4 sts. Ch 1, turn (counts as first sc of row throughout).
Row 3--1 sc in next sc, 1 puff st in each of next 3 sts, 1 sc in last 3 sts. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4--1 sc, 1 puff st in next st, 1 sc in top of puff st from previous row, 1 sc in each of last 2 sc. Ch 1, turn.
Rows 5 to 6--Rep Row 4. Ch 1, turn.
Row 7--Rep row 3.
Rep from Rows 2 to Row 17 to beable to create a repeating puffed "cable" shape.
These strips are very useful and can be inserted in free-form projects, granny square projects, etc.
Revised and corrected. Thank you for your support and encouragement!
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