I made this easy, modified cable crochet afghan for my husband. It reminds me of him – comfy, casual, and laid back. He rarely sits down, but when he does, I wanted something masculine that would keep him warm. Since his favorite color is blue and denim blue jeans his favorite uniform, the Bernat DenimStyle yarn was a perfect fit.
I fooled around with for the yarn for awhile until I found a pattern I thought complimented the yarn. I also varied the width of the stripes so they weren’t so uniform and made the ends more prominent by making them the largest. I hope you like this pattern.
Free Modified Cable Stitch Afghan Crochet Pattern
Approximate size 36″ x 58″ long
- Color A: 5 skeins of 3-1/2 oz (100 grams – 196 yds) Bernat DenimStyle Yarn – Indigo
- Color B: 4 skeins of – 3-1/2 oz (100 grams – 196 yds) Bernat DenimStyle Yarn – Stonewash
- Crochet Hook: Size J (6.0 mm)
- Darning Needle (Clover Chibi with Darning Needles)
With Color A, chain 121, turn
Row 2: starting in 2nd chain from hook, sc in each chain to the end of the row (120); turn
Row 3: Chain 3, *skip stitch, 1 double crochet in the next 3 single crochets. cable stitch (yo, insert into the skipped stitch 4 stitches to the right, yo, pull through, yarn over pull through – double crochet creates the cable cross). continue from * 29 times for (30 clusters total) and end with dc in top of chain 3. Need help? See the tutorial below
Row 4: Chain 3, *skip stitch, 1 dc in the next 3 dc, cable stitch (yo, insert into the skipped stitch 4 stitches to the right, yo, pull through, yarn over pull through – double crochet creates the cable cross), continue from * 29 times (for 30 clusters total) and end with dc in top of chain 3.
Continue to desired size.
The modified cable crochet sample shown was created as follows:
- base chain plus 11 rows of color A
- 8 rows of color B
- 9 rows of color A
- 8 rows of color B
- 9 rows of color A
- 11 rows of color B
- 1 row sc to finish off of color B
Use the darning need to bury the ends.
About the Yarn
I LOVE this Bernat DenimStyle Yarn. It’s 70% soft acrylic and 30% soft cotton in a 3 ply, worsted weight. Each skein is 3-1/2 ounces (100 grams) 196 yards. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued but you can find a few skeins around still if you search. I love the combination of the acrylic and cotton and the texture. The colors are gorgeous and this afghan is like wearing a boyfriends over-sized sweater. You could use a variegated, though I find that beauty of the pattern gets lost if there is too much going on with the color.
Stitch Help – Modified Cable Stitch Tutorial
I did this in a solid color so you could see the stitches better. The crochet cable stitch is a set of 4 stitches that create a cluster. There are 4 stitches in the cluster,
The cluster always starts by skipping a stitch, then dc in the next 3 stitches.
The cable is created by going back into the skipped stitch and doing a dc which creates the large crossover.
Find the first stitch of the next cluster can be hard since putting in the cross double crochet pulls everything over to the right. Make sure you skip the first stitch and do your first dc in the next stitch.
This shows the clusters of stitches – there are 3 cable stitches circled.
Once you get the hang of the stitch it’s fast, fun, and best of all you don’t have to count. The stitches line up to give you an easy-to-see pattern and unlike most cable patterns, there’s no row of single crochet between them. The crosses form a zigzag pattern which I love.
Recommended Crochet Tools
I LOVE my Clover Crochet Hooks. I have this set plus plenty of singles in the most popular sizes because I tend to lose them or leave them in half-finished projects. The difference in comfort is noticeable from the start.
I hope you enjoy this free crochet pattern! I’d love to see your version if you make one!