Book Review: Add-On Crochet Cables

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Title: Add-On Crochet Cables
Author: Frances Burks

Book Review by Marie Segares (

Add-On Crochet Cables is an interesting new pattern booklet by Frances Burkes.  Frances uses a method of braiding strips of simple crochet stitches to form intricate cable panels which are then sewn to the rest of the project.

The booklet opens by introducing her method, with clear step-by-step instructions for forming the cables.  There are 20 cable stitch patterns, each including the required number of chains for cable panels and base strips of various lengths.  These patterns allow the reader to create their own designs or insert cable panels into existing projects.  The booklet also includes 5 project patterns, for two bags, a sweater, a cowl, and an open cardigan, that incorporate the cable panels.  Each stitch and project pattern includes assembly instructions.

The booklet is written with US crochet abbreviations and while the instructions for Frances’s method are fairly clear, it would have helped to have some step-by-step photos of the process for braiding/twisting the cables and attaching them to the rest of the project.  Some readers prefer international stitch symbols, which aren’t included.  The booklet does lay flat, which makes it easy to read the details of the cable assembly process while crocheting.

The Add-On Crochet Cables method is ideal for crocheters who like the look of cables but aren’t comfortable with post stitches or other techniques for crocheting cables directly into the fabric.  Because each project requires a fair amount of assembly, this method is best suited for those of us who prefer to work in small pieces and then assemble later (e.g., those of us who crochet while commuting or traveling).  Crocheters who are already proficient with other cable techniques, or those who dislike seaming/sewing parts together, may not find this book as helpful.  This booklet would also be a fun introduction for crocheters who are looking to experiment with new techniques or methods.

Full disclosure: A free review copy of Add On Crochet Cables was provided by Leisure Arts. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.


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