Cable Stitches

Cable stitches are created any time stitches are worked out of order. They can be worked over as few as 2 stitches but can be worked over many more. In Tunisian crochet, cables can use a variety of stitches (most common are Tss and Tks).

What you'll need: A regular crochet hook that is the same size as the tunisian crochet hook you're using.

The following examples are worked over 4 stitches. The first example is a 2 over 2 Front Cable Stitch (2/2F). The second example is a 2 over 2 Back Cable Stitch (2/2B). The black hook in the images is the main hook. The purple hook is used to create the cable stitches. The same technique is used regardless of number of stitches in the cable stitch.

Front Cable Stitch

1) Work the row until the first stitch of the cable.


2) With the second hook, work the next 2 stitches (shown here as Tss). Hold the second hook in the front of the primary hook.


3) With the primary hook, work the next 2 stitches (shown here as Tks).


4) While keeping the second hook in the front, transfer the stitches to the primary hook in the original order.




5) The following image shows all loops now on primary hook.


6) On the return pass, work the stitchs in the new order.




7) On the next forward pass, continue to work the stitchs in the new order.




Back Cable Stitch

1) Work the row until the first stitch of the cable.


2) With the second hook, work the next 2 stitches (shown here as Tss). Hold the second hook behind the primary hook.


3) With the primary hook, work the next 2 stitches (shown here as Tks).


4) While keeping the second hook behind the primary hook, transfer the stitches to the primary hook in the original order.


5) The following image shows all loops now on primary hook.