Tunisian crochet cables don’t have to be scary. Try the Meandering Cables pattern, a beginner-friendly Tunisian crochet basic cable stitch pattern that is sure to fool any seasoned knitter.
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Knitting or crocheting cables can be daunting, even for advanced makers. Managing the loops, crossing the stitches, it can all seem confusing at first. But I’ve found Tunisian crochet cables to actually be easier (and sometimes prettier) than cables made in traditional crochet. Try your hand at Tunisian crochet basic cables when you practice the Meandering Cables pattern.
This Tunisian crochet cable pattern is a 6-row repeat that results in a subtle shift of several stitches along the front of the crocheted fabric. I love the gentle wave created from this beginner-friendly cable stitch.
Ready to try the gentle Meandering Waves Tunisian crochet cable pattern?! Grab your crochet hooks and watch this video:
Learn even more Tunisian crochet with these helpful videos:
- Tunisian Crochet for Absolute Beginners [watch here]
- How to Choose and Use Tunisian Crochet Hooks [watch here]
- 5 More Tunisian Crochet Stitches to Try [watch here]
Holiday Tunisian Sampler Blanket – Meandering Cables Square Pattern
This tutorial was made as a supplement to the Meandering Cables Square as part of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket. Find the full pattern to make your square below.
Join the Holiday TCAL 2020 event! This free crochet along to make the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket runs from October to November 2020. Get full details in this blog post and join the fun!
Meandering Cables Square Pattern
*Get the printable PDF version of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket pattern HERE.
- Worsted weight yarn – color D
- 6.5mm Tunisian crochet hook with 16″ cord
- 6mm crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
12 x 12 inches square after blocking
The gauge varies for each square of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket. Reference the starting chain stitch multiple to make adjustments to your square. All squares should measure about 11.5″ square before the border is added.
- 2sc = 2 single crochet in the same stitch (increase made)
- C4B = cable 4 back (see Special Stitches below)
- Ch(s) = chain(s)
- Lts = last Tunisian stitch (see Special Stitches below)
- Rep = repeat
- RetP = return pass
- Sc = single crochet
- Sc2tog = single crochet 2 together (decrease made)
- Sk = skip
- St(s) = stitch(es)
- Tks = Tunisian knit stitch
- Tps = Tunisian purl stitch
- Tss = Tunisian simple stitch
- Yo = yarn over
- Cable 4 Back (C4B) = Tks the next 2 stitches, transfer two loops onto a cable needle and hold stitches toward the back of work, Tunisian knit stitch next 2 stitches, place 2 held stitch back onto the front of the Tunisian crochet hook, drop cable needle.
- Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts) – insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch
- Return Pass (RetP) – ch 1, (yo, pull through the next 2 loops) until only one loop remains on the hook
Work the Meandering Cables Stitch Pattern over a multiple of 6 plus 8 when creating the foundation chain.
- While a cable needle is not required to complete this stitch pattern, I find it helpful. Use the method that works for you.
- When working your forward pass, keep your gauge loose so it will be easier to identify and work into your cable stitches later.
To ensure that all squares of the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket will join evenly, apply the Standard Border. All squares need to have 35 single crochet stitches on each size. This means you will have to increase the number of edge stitches in some cases, and decrease the number of edge stitches in other places.
- To increase the number of stitches along an edge, evenly place 2sc increases along the edge where needed.
- To decrease the number of stitches along an edge, evenly place sc2tog decreases along the edge where needed.
ROW 1: With D and 6.5mm corded hook, ch 38, pull up a loop in the back bump of the 2nd ch from hook and each remaining ch, RetP.
ROW 2: Tss across to last st, Lts, RetP.
ROW 3: Tps 1, (C4B, tks 2) 5 times, C4B, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
ROW 4: Tps 1, tks across to last 2 sts, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
ROW 5: Tps 1, tks 4, (C4B, tks 2) 5 times, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
ROW 6: Tps 1, tks across to last 2 sts, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
ROW 7: Tps 1, (tks 2, C4B) 5 times, tks 4, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
ROW 8: Tps 1, tks across to last 2 sts, tps 1, Lts, RetP.
Rep Rows 3-8 five more times. The finished square should have 38 total rows.
At the end of the last row, slip stitch in each front vertical bar across the row loosely to bind off. Do not cut yarn.
- Change to 6mm crochet hook and ensure the square is facing right side up.
- Ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), single crochet 35 stitches evenly across the first edge of the square, placing increases and decreases where needed. At corner, ch 2 and rotate to work along the next edge.
- Single crochet 35 stitches evenly across the edge, placing increases and decreases where needed. At corner, ch 2 and rotate to work along the next edge.
- Repeat Step 3 for the remaining 2 sides. At the end of the round, join with a slip stitch in the first single crochet of the round. Fasten off and block your finished square to 12″ x 12″.
Click HERE to access stitch patterns for the other squares in the Tunisian Holiday Sampler Blanket.