Crossed Cables or Twisted Cables
In a Block
Worked on odd number of chs.
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd st from hk, and in every st across Row 2: Turn, *ch 10, sk 2 sts and sc into 3rd st. Repeat from * across to last 3 hdc. Ch 5, Trc into last st.
Row 3: Ch 2 (serves as first hdc.) Remove the hook from the st, and twist the ch 10 loop so that it forms an X, return hook to st and 2hdc into ch 10 loop. *Yo, insert hook into the back of the next loop-this will twist the loop. 3 hdc into loop. Repeat from * for all loops across to the end. Repeat Rows 2 and 3 to create pattern.
In a Doily
When building doilies, the outer rings must continue to increase in the number of stitches or your doily will begin to curl up into a bowl. (Too many stitches causes it to ripple, and won't lie flat on a table.)
I use this stitch in my original doily designs as an ‘increase’ row. By adding stitches into the Hdc row, the extra stitches are not as noticeable; they will simply look like that is the way you planned it.
For instance, I crochet 3 Hdc into the tops of Lattice stitches. Then I anchor the Cables both in the middle of the Hdc, and in between them. This increases the number of spaces in between the Hdc Sections on Top of the Crossed cables.
Then in the subsequent rounds, I anchor Lattice stitches in between the Hdc Sections of the Crossed Cable tops. I have easily increased the number of Lattice stitches, without any obvious methods to do so.
See how the Anchors of the Cables are both in the middle of the HDC sections, AND in between them (Arrows 1 & 2). Then the anchors of the lattice stitches after it, are only in between the Hdc tops of the Crossed cables (Arrow 3). This increases the number of Lattice stitches to prevent curling, without any obvious steps to do the increasing.
Even numbered stitches
This stitch is formed by making long chain loops, then twisting them so the center ‘crosses.’ Any number of chains can be used to create longer and more pronounced twists in the center of the loop.
Round 1: any stitch can be used; I recommend a foundation of solid stitches such as Sc, Hdc or Dc.
Round 2: (Ch 6 or as many as you like, sc in next st) as needed to complete Round. For last loop, Ch 3 and Trc (if using more than 6 chs, use double treble or larger for last st, plus an equal number of chs to balance.) into base of first loop.
Round 3: Ch 2, twist the loop so that it forms an X, 2hdc into ring.
*Yo, insert hook into the back of the next loop-this will twist the
loop. 3 hdc into loop. *Repeat for all loops, connect to beg ch.