I am a highly advanced crocheter and enjoy making Aran afghans, so I am constantly looking for cable crochet patterns to give myself a challenge. This book has so many intricate-looking cables that it will keep any experienced crocheter happy, but many of them appear easy enough that an intermediate or advanced beginner crocheter should be able to learn them.
Unlike most cables that are crocheted into a panel from top to bottom, these are long, narrow strips from 2-9 rows that are either twisted (2 strips) or braided (3-5 strips), and then whipstitched to an existing crocheted panel. There are 11 cables made with a different stitch or combination of stitches and rows; 5 cables with bobble or other decorative feature; and 4 cables made with multiple braids. Each pattern has the necessary number of chains to crochet to make the strip in up to 8 lengths from about 20” to about 72”; the patterns also include the number of stitches for the base panel that the cable is attached to.
I don’t care for the two sweaters, but they do show how you can combine the cables with other sweater patterns to make something very stylish. The cowl is a great variation for a scarf, and the purse and bag show how the cables can be used for larger items, including afghans.