18 August 2014

Book of Kells - Small Celtic Cables

There are many different types of braided columns in the Book of Kells. You can almost follow the progress of the artist's mood or perhaps different artists through the pages. This pattern for small closed cables are a little different than most found in the manusctipt.

The pieces are designed to be modular so you can customize your piece with different length horizontal and vertical segments.

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

Their measurements are (height x width):

Short Vertical: 9" x 2.5"
Tall Vertical: ~15" x 2.5"

   Short Horizontal: 2.5" x 6"
   Medium Short Horizontal: 2.5" x ~8.5"
   Medium Long Horizontal: 2.5" x ~10.5"
   Long Horizontal: 2.5" x 16"

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:

Vertical modules (corresponding to Figs. 2):

Horizontal modules (corresponding to Figs. 3-5):

Each module is a made of 2 closed loops wound together. It is recommended to add 1 stitch or 1 row between each pair of horizontal or vertical modules, respectively.

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

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

Fig. 2:   Short Vertical cable

Fig. 3:   Short Horizontal cable

Fig. 4:   Long Horizontal cable

Fig. 5:   Long Horizontal cable detail