Crochet cables were inspired by the look of knitted cables–those twisted, rope-like designs seen in so many sweaters and hats. In crochet, they are created with the use of front-post and back-post stitches that cross over each other to impart that rope-like look. There are many variations of the technique, depending on what pattern you are following, but this tutorial will give you the basic idea.
Tip for Working with Cable Patterns
The stitch count is usually the most confusing thing about trying to read a cable pattern. If you find yourself getting frustrated, just take a deep breath and take it one stitch at a time. Always count your stitches from right to left. And sometimes it helps to see which stitch is next by looking at the stitches from the top down so that you can see the “braid.”