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Stitchopedia~Crochet Post Stitch Cables over 2 & 4 stitches

Here you will learn how to make left leaning and right leaning post stitch crochet cables, over 2 sts or over 4 sts. I have written the instructions, included lots of process photos, and a video. I have also written and charted a sample piece for you to try out your new skill. Once you know these basics for cables, you will be able to tackle most post stitch cable pattern!

For the samples seen in this post, I have used Universal Cotton Supreme yarn, and a US H/8/5.00 mm crochet hook.
This video will show you the 4 cables (left and right leaning over 2 and 4 sts).

Here are written instructions for each cable, followed by process photos for each.

Abbreviations:
ch ~ chain
hdc ~ half double crochet
dc ~ double crochet
fpdc ~ front post double crochet
bpdc ~ back post double crochet
fptr ~ front post treble crochet
st(s) ~ stitch(es)

Left leaning cable across 2 sts: (LC2) Skip 1, fpdc in next st, fpdc in skipped st working in front of previous st.

Start-cable-over-21) Ready to start a cable over these 2 stitches.
2) Skip one stitch and front post double crochet in the next stitch (stitch number 2).
3) Here is the completed fpdc in the second stitch.
4) Next you are going to work into the skipped stitch (stitch number 1)

Finishing-left-leaning-cable1) Working in front of everything else, fpdc in the skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
2) Finished left leaning cable over 2 stitches.
3) Left leaning cable over 2 stitches with bpdc on either side.

Right leaning cable across 2 sts: (RC2) Skip 1, fpdc in next st, fpdc in skipped st working in back of previous st.

Start-cable-over-21) Ready to start a cable over these 2 stitches.
2) Skip one stitch and front post double crochet in the next stitch (stitch number 2).
3) Here is the completed fpdc in the second stitch.
4) Next you are going to work into the skipped stitch (stitch number 1)

Finishing-right-leaning-cable1) Working behind the previous stitch, fpdc in the skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
2) Here is the completed fpdc in the second stitch.
3) Completed right leaning 2 stitch cable with bpdc on both sides.

Left leaning cable across 4 sts: (LC4) Skip 2, fptc in each of next 2 sts, fptc in both skipped sts working in front of previous 2 sts. It may help to think of the stitches numbered right to left as 1, 2, 3, and 4. Fptc in those stitches in this order: 3, 4, 1, 2.

start-of-cable-over-4-stitches1) Ready to make a cable over these 4 stitches. Numbering them in this this order will help with understanding how the stitches are places. You will be working in the stitches in this order: 3, 4, 1, 2.
2) Skip 2 stitches, fptr in the next stitch (stitch number 3)
3) Fptr in 3rd stitch completed.
4) Fptr in the next stitch (stitch number 4)

Working-left-leaning-cable-over-4-sts1) First half of 4 stitch cable complete.
2) The next stitch will be worked in the first skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
3) Working in front of all the other stitches, fptr in the first skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
4) Completed fptr in the first skipped stitch.

Finishing-left-leaning-4-cable1) Working in front of all the other stitches, fptr into the second skipped stitch (stitch number 2)
2) Completed left leaning post stitch cable worked over 4 stitches.
3) Left leaning 4 stitch cable with 2 bpdc on both sides.

Right leaning cable across 4 sts: (RC4) Skip 2, fptc in each of next 2 sts, fptc in both skipped sts working in back of previous 2 sts. It may help to think of the stitches numbered right to left as 1, 2, 3, and 4. Fptc in those stitches in this order: 3, 4, 1, 2.

start-of-cable-over-4-stitches1) Ready to make a cable over these 4 stitches. Numbering them in this this order will help with understanding how the stitches are places. You will be working in the stitches in this order: 3, 4, 1, 2.
2) Skip 2 stitches, fptr in the next stitch (stitch number 3)
3) Fptr in 3rd stitch completed.
4) Fptr in the next stitch (stitch number 4)

Working-right-leaning-cable-over-4-sts1) First half of 4 stitch cable complete.
2) The next stitch will be worked in the first skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
3) Working behind all the other stitches, fptr in the first skipped stitch (stitch number 1)
4) Completed stitch

Finishing-right-leaning-4-cable1) The next stitch will be worked behind the others and into the 2nd skipped stitch (stitch number 2)
2) Working behind all the other stitches, fptr in the second skipped stitch (stitch number 2)
3) Completed right leaning cable worked over 4 stitches.
4) Right leaning 4 stitch cable with 2 bpdc on both sides.

Here is a pattern for a practice piece:

Row 1: Ch 20, dc in 4th ch from hook and in each remaining ch. (18 sts counting the last 3 ch as the turning ch st)

Row 2, 4: Turn, ch 2 (counts as first st here and throughout) bpdc in each of the next 2 sts, lc2 in next 2 sts, bpdc in each of the next 2 sts, lc4 in next 4 sts, bpdc in each of the next 2 sts, lc2 in next 2 sts, bpdc in each of the next 2 sts, hdc in last st. (18 sts)

Row 3 ~ 11 odd: Turn, ch 2, fpdc in each of the next 2 sts, (bpdc in each of the next 2 sts, fpdc in each of the next 2 sts) 3 times, hdc in last st. (18 sts)

Row 6: Turn, ch 2 (counts as first st here and throughout) fpdc in next st, lc2 in next 2 sts, fpdc in each of next 6 sts, lc2 in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st. (14 sts)

Row 8, 10: Turn, ch 2 (counts as first st here and throughout) fpdc in next st, rc2 in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, rc4 in next 4 sts, lpdc in next st, rc2 in next 2 sts, fpdc in next st, hdc in last st. (14 sts)

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And here is a chart for the practice piece:

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7 Comments

7 Comments on Stitchopedia ~ Post Stitch Crochet Cables

  1. Heidi Newbold
    November 28, 2015 at 2:52 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you sooooo much for these instructions and video. I couldn’t figure out the right-leaning post stitches, but with your video, I was able to see exactly where I was going wrong. I really appreciate you taking the time and resources to do this.

    Reply
    • Jessie
      November 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you! It’s always nice for me to know they are helpful. Happy crocheting! 🙂

      Reply
  2. Moe
    December 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello Jessie,
    I’m at the Stitchopedia part for how to do the Post Stitch Cables and wanted to print it to take with me, but it says not to copy them in any way. What can I do to not have to sit at the computer and crochet your beautiful “Hoodie Cowl”?
    Thank you! Moe

    Reply
    • Jessie
      December 2, 2015 at 9:03 pm (1 year ago)

      You can print it out for your own use, just please don’t share it. I make my money when people are on my site (from the ads), so if you print it out and give it to others, I loose money. But I realize that sometimes you need to print it out for yourself, and that’s just fine. 🙂

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      • Moe
        December 2, 2015 at 9:24 pm (1 year ago)

        Thank you for your expeditious response and also thank you for your beautiful pattern! Looking forward to making it for my daughter!

        Reply

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