How to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch

Interlaced Cable Chain step 10Interlaced Cable Chain is an interesting variety of Chain stitch that quickly creates a pretty textured border. Better still it is not hard to work. You need to know how to work cable chain stitch but other than that Interlaced Cable chain is a simple lacing pattern.

I have worked this stitch in two different colours so you can see clearly the foundation rows of cable chain and the lacing. For the demonstration I have used cotton perle #5. Use a tapestry needle for the lacing so that you avoid splitting the thread on the foundation rows.

How to work Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch

Start with working two parallel lines of cable chain stitch.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 1Work your lacing from right to left. At this stage you are lacing the cable stitches not going through the fabric so use a tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation row of stitches.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 2Bring your needle up through the fabric at the mid point of the two foundation rows on the right hand side.

Slide your needle under the chain stitch on the top row. Have the needle pick up just half of the chain so that the needle emerges in the middle of the chain stitch as illustrated. Take your needle through the loop of the stitch.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 3Slide you needle under your lacing thread, on the right hand side of the foundation chain and as illustrated, angle your needle towards the bottom foundation row of stitches. Pull your needle through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 4On the bottom line skip a chain stitch and slide your needle under the inside loop. Point your needle downward picking up the loop of the chain. Pull your thread through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 5As illustrated, slide you needle under your lacing thread, on the right hand side of the foundation chain. Angle your needle towards the top foundation row of stitches, skip a chain stitch before passing your needle under the inside loop of next chain stitch, on the top line. Pull your needle through.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 6Lace every second chain stitch in this manner until the line is complete.Take the lacing thread to the back of the fabric.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 7Bring your lacing thread out of the fabric just below where it entered your fabric and make a return journey lacing every second chain stitch so that you lace the stitches that you did not lace on the first journey.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 8Take your thread to the back and tie off and you have created an interesting line or border for your projects.

Interlaced Cable Chain step 9This stitch is great fun to work in variegated threads, but you can also play with the spacing or work the lacing between two wavy lines. Or you can work the foundation cable chain stitches along the edge of thin ribbon and then lace the stitches. You can also add beads.It is a very quick easy and yet dramatic stitch. Hope you have fun with it!

Threaded Cable Chain Stitch

Threaded Cable Chain is a fun stitch that quick and easy to work, as it is a laced version of Cable chain. Needless to say you need to know how to work Cable Chain stitch, you will find directions on how to work it here.

How to work Threaded Cable Chain Stitch

In this sample I have worked the Cable Chain in perle #5 cotton and it is laced with a soft metallic thread.

Threaded Cable Chain step 1First work a row of Cable Chain stitch (directions are here)

Threaded Cable Chain step 2Using a blunt-ended tapestry needle, so that the foundation threads do not split, lace a second thread under each of the cable chain stitches.

Threaded Cable Chain step 3Lace the length of the row and take the thread to the back of the fabric.
Threaded Cable Chain step 4Turn your work bring the thread to the front of your work and lace back along the row.

Threaded Cable Chain step 5This stitch follows a curve well and you can add lots of variety by adding interesting threads or beads.

Threaded Cable Chain step 6


How to hand embroider Cable Chain Stitch

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch sample 1Cable Chain Stitch is a variation of chain stitch and also known as cable stitch. It is an easy member of the chain stitch family and worked in a similar manner to basic chain stitch but with an added step of twisting the thread round the needle after each chain loop. The extra loop between chain stitches creates a link between the chains.

Cable chain is used as a linear stitch on both plain and even-weave fabrics.  As with basic chain stitch this version follows curves well.It is pleasant stitch to work because you can develop a good easy paced rhythm.

The sample above is an experimental piece of Cable Chain stitch worked in a variety of unusual threads. Unusual in the sense that they are threads embroiderers would not necessarily normally select. The top is a hand dyed crochet cotton that is the same thickness as cotton perle#5. Second down is a fine knitting yarn. The dark blue line in the middle of the sample is also a knitting yarn. The line of stitching second from the bottom is a hand dyed crochet cotton. The bottom line a knitting cotton.

How to work Cable Chain Stitch

Bring the needle up through the fabric on the line you want to work.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch 1
Slip your needle under the thread as illustrated above. With the needle under the thread hold the thread with the left thumb and twist the thread around the needle once.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch 2

Point the needle back into the hole it emerged from. Push the thread down the shaft of the needle, so the loop sits close to the fabric. You want a firm but not tight loop around the needle.

Bring the needle out below the loop and wrap the thread under the needle point as you would for basic chain stitch.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch 3

Pull the thread through the fabric and you have created your first cable chain stitch.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch 4Repeat these steps along the line working a row from the top down.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch 5Cable chain stitch is a very quick and versatile stitch which is interesting on its own or worked in combination with other stitches.

You can also lace and thread this stitch with a contrasting yarn or a bead can be stitched to the middle of each chain.

Step by step tutorial on Cable chain stitch sample 2I hope you enjoy experimenting with this stitch.