18 August 2014

Book of Kells - Large Celtic Cables

The Book of Kells is full of inspiring Celtic knots. I couldn't resist translating a few more into crochet patterns. Here are some large columns or cables that would make a wonderful edging to a blanket.

The pieces are designed to be modular so you can choose how many horizontal and vertical segments to add to make the edging your own.

These modules are made with Vanna's Choice yarn and a 5 mm (H) hook.

Their measurements are (height x width):

Short Horizontal: 3" x 6"
Long Horizontal: 3" x 8.5"
Short Vertical: 4" x 4"
Tall Vertical: 6" x 4"

   Top left corner: 5" x 5"
   Top right corner: 5" x 5"
   Bottom left corner: 3.5" x 6.5"
   Bottom right corner: 3.5" x 6.5"

These patterns consist of relief double, treble, and double-treble crochet stitches. These are made just like normal dc, tc, and dtc stitches, but are looped around the designated stitch in a row below rather than through the top of the stitch directly below. In most cases, the relief stitch is made 2 rows down and several stitches to the right or the left of the starting position.

The pattern alternates rows of grey and blue single crochet (represented by a X). Each blue row is stitched on the "right side" (RS) of the project. Each grey row is stitched on the "wrong side" (WS) of the project. The relief stitches are made in the blue rows on the RS. Always stitch a sc for any X in the pattern, even if there is a relief stitch on top of it. Relief stitches are always made from in order right to left side of the diagram row.

When looking at the diagram, the top of each stitch looks like a T. There is never a blue X beneath a T because this is the beginning of a relief stitch rather than a single crochet place holder.
The number of hash marks through the stitch indicate the number of yarn overs (YOs) to make before looping around a stitch.
The open circle indicates where to loop around a stitch in a row below to create the relief stitch.

For a more detailed explanation, please refer to the instructions in this Book of Kells square pattern.

Click on any of the charts below to download a high resolution stitch diagram.

Each module pattern gives the number of stitches across and rows tall for the pattern.
As diagramed, the first 4 rows are sc across. At the end of each row, chain 1 to turn.

The first relief stitches begin on Row 5:

Horizontal and Vertical modules (corresponding to Figs. 2 and 3):

Corner modules (corresponding to Figs. 4 and 5):

Each module above shows "connector" relief stitches that are not counted in the stitch counts. These connectors will overlap when piecing modules together. Only add one stitch or one row between modules to total stitch counts.

Detail of connection between modules (corresponding to Figs. 7 and 8):



I hope you enjoyed this free crochet celtic knot cable pattern!

Fig. 1:   Book of Kells inspiration for these patterns.

Fig. 2:   Short Horizontal column

Fig. 3:   Short Vertical column

Fig. 4:   Top Left corner

Fig. 5:   Bottom Left corner

Fig. 6:   Vertical column with corners

Fig. 7:   Transition between horizontal modules

Fig. 8:   Transition between vertical modules