How To Make the Double Treble Left Cross Crochet Cable for the Woven Crochet Cables Pattern Stitch
Double Treble Left Cross Cable (Dtr L Cross)
What is it?
The Double Treble Left Cross Cable is a crochet cable stitch worked over seven stitches.
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Please Note: This is NOT a "quick-n-easy" stitch but you CAN learn it if you take the time to work on the individual elements in the stitch. Take your time to learn and sharpen the skills of your craft and you will have skills that will last you a lifetime and a finished project you will be proud of.
These are the stitches you will need to know to work this week's section of the Woven Cables pattern stitch block.
Foundation Half Double Crochet (Fhdc): Ch 3, yo, insert hook in 3rd ch from hook, yo, pull lp through, yo, pull through 1 lp on hook (ch-1 completed), yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook (hdc completed), * yo, insert hook in last ch-1, yo, pull lp through (ch 1), yo, pull through 1 loop on hook, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook (hdc); repeat from * for indicated number of foundation stitches.
Front Post Double Treble (Fpdtr): yo 3 times, insert hook from front to back then to front again around post of indicated stitch, yo and draw up a loop, (yo and draw through 2 loops on hook) 4 times.
Double Treble Left Cross (Dtr L Cross): sk next 4 sts, Fpdtr around each of next 3 sts 2 rows below, hdc in 4th skipped st, working in front of 3 Fpdtr just made, Fpdtr around each of the first 3 skipped sts 2 rows below.
NOTE: For a tutorial on the Foundation Half Double Crochet used in this pattern, see our Technique Tuesday post HERE.
Break It Down
TIP: As you are working your hook into the first of these stitches, your work will look a bit twisted up and it might take a few times to get your fingers, hook, yarn, and stitches all working together in one harmonious movement. That's TOTALLY okay! If you aren't familiar with working these types of stitches, this section can be a little hairy scary… but don't be intimidated. Work on the skill and you'll get it worked out more smoothly.
Again… This is NOT one of those "quick and easy" blocks. This block requires some concentration and craft… you can do it!
12. …(work Dtr L Cross, hdc in next st) 4 times, hdc in each of last 4 sts…
We've already worked the first repeat so we just needed to work 3 more and TAADAA!!
This is what the UNBLOCKED stitches look like at the end of our row. We show you the unblocked version so you don't freak out when your first row of Dtr L Cross looks all wavy and scrunchy. It's all good! Blocking, as we've said before, is a wondrous technique and we'll get to that step later on in this series.
There are a TON of advanced techniques involved in this stitch pattern. From the tall post stitches to the cable crosses, this is NOT a "quick-n-easy" stitch. However, as is the case with all new techniques, you can get better with practice and you CAN do it!
We recommend stitching up a few quick swatches like ours and, using our photo walk through to compare your stitches, to make sure your stitches are lining up correctly. If you aren't happy, rip 'em back out and go again!
After you have the hang of this part of the pattern, jump on over to Part 2 and learn the rest of the block by CLICKING HERE.
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