How To Make The Double Treble Right Cross Crochet Cable for the Woven Cables Pattern Stitch
Double Treble Right Cross Cable (Dtr R Cross)
What is it?
The Double Treble Right 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 R Cross): sk next 4 sts, Fpdtr around each of next 3 sts 2 rows below, hdc in 4th skipped st, working behind 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.
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 one step at a time 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 but, WOW, is it worth it!
Note that, since we worked the second half of the cable BEHIND the first half of the cable, it is that first half that shows on the front of the fabric. These 3 Fpdtr stitches lean to the right giving us the name for this week's stitch: Double Treble RIGHT Cross Cable.
16. Row 6: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.
Easy peasy… finished off and all prettied up with a row of single crochet stitches.
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 fabric looks all wavy and wonky. It's all good! Blocking, as we've said many times before, is a wondrous technique… we'll get to that in a later post.
To complete the block, simply repeat the last 4 rows as instructed in the pattern and work the border… again, as instructed in the pattern.
Here is a photo from the booklet of the completed afghan block. All blocking has been done and you can see how beautifully those long, tall post stitches line up to create this graphic Woven Cables Stitch.
Be patient with yourself as you are learning this stitch! 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.
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!
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