Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Beginners Guide to Crochet Cables from Leisure Arts

Crochet will always be my first love when it comes to crafts. I love to challenge my abilities and stretch my crochet muscles a bit and lately I have been drawn to textured looks. I really love the look of cables and I know, more often than, not they are knitted (which I can do) but you can actually make some beautiful cables in crochet too! 

Beginners Guide to Crochet Cables from Leisure Arts is a fabulous resource to help get you started with cables. In it you will find six fabulous projects that will teach you various cable looks. There are easy  patterns for beginners and more challenging ones for more advanced crocheters. The projects range from a beautiful Sexton Braid hat to a detailed Aran afghan! And the stitches range from a simple cable to more complex Aran pattern.

I had been asked by my niece to make her a hat with a cabled brim and all she had to go on was a picture so I was super excited when I found this book. I could tell by looking it was a knitted hat that had caught her attention but I know I am challenged when it comes to cabling and knitting. I can do it but it sure takes me a long time. After playing with the patterns inside I was able to make the hat in crochet stitches and with ease.  

I think that is probably what I love most about these techniques; the ease. These really look very complicated and always get compliment but I found them super easy to create. The Innisberry Pullover pattern will be my next big project I think. 

Another fabulous thing about this book is that there are bonus online tutorials to help you through the parts that might be complicated. I love that because, lets face it, sometimes you just need to see something done in order for it to click- well I know that I do. Tell me, have you made crochet cables before? 

Take some time to browse Leisure Arts' great selection and make sure you also connect with Leisure Arts on Facebook and Twitter so that you never miss a special or new pattern! Also, if you sign up for their knitting or crochet newsletters, you get a free pattern on Fridays!

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  1. I think the pillow is really pretty and it's great that there are online tutorials available.

  2. I would really love to try this...I'm not sure if I could pull it off, but I'd try. As soon as I find the time....

  3. I agree with you when it comes to crocheting and Cables is so gorgeous of a stitch to make. The design is incredible. If I crocheted, i would love to crochet in this style.

  4. My Mom always loved to crochet and she use to make the most gorgeous afghans..I never quite picked up the talent but would love to give it a try someday.

  5. This would make a nice gift for my crafty niece!

  6. I knit as well as crochet but I never knew you could crochet cables. That is absolutely fabulous.

  7. I had 3/4 of that afghan finished 20+ years ago, but it got lost in the divorce. Thanks for a much needed reminder of how to do crochet cables!