Loveland, CO

Live Loop Cables
Instructor: Sue Perez
 
Saturday, May 2, 2020
9:00 AM-4:30 PM
 
Hands on Workshop
 
Embassy Suites Loveland
 
 
Pricing Information
 
Price: $235.00
Learn an exciting new method for working cables in crochet fabric. Live loop (LL) cables are flexible, I-cord-like cables that travel over the fabric surface without disrupting the background texture or the stitch count. They can curve left or right and can be crossed with other cables, or individual loops can be crossed within a single cable. LL cables are fully joined to the stitches around them, yet they can be frogged and repaired while leaving the rest of the project intact. The morning will cover LL cable fundamentals, including: ways to start and end cables; working LL cables in the round; basic cable crosses; frogging and repair; background stitch options; yarn recommendations; cable holder options; and tips for managing stitch tension. In the afternoon, learn to work LL cables in back and forth rows, then take your skills to the next level with advanced cable techniques, including branching cables, horizontal LL cables, continuous LL cables, raised LL cables, and contrast-color stranded cables.


  • Student Maximum: 20
  • Skill Level and Technique: Crochet, Intermediate
  • Prerequisite: Homework to be completed before class.
  • Homework: The purpose of this homework is to help you get comfortable working live loops with a crochet hook. For best results, pull up generous loops.

    Exercise 1
    With non-slippery yarn and an appropriate size hook: loosely ch 40-50, turn.
    Starting in second ch from hook, *(insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a lp) in each of next 3 sts (4 live lps now on hook, including original working lp). Remove hook from all but the 2 rightmost lps; draw (don't tug) the second lp through the first (1 lp now on hook). **Insert hook into next live lp, draw the second lp through the first.** Repeat from ** to ** until no open lps remain.*** The single lp remaining on the hook becomes your new working lp.
    Repeat from * to *** across the chain, gradually increasing the number of live lps you pull up, until you are comfortable working a series of 6-8 loops at a time. When connecting loops, focus on handling each one gently, without putting tension on the following loop(s).

    Exercise 2
    With non-slippery yarn and an appropriate size hook, loosely ch 3, turn.
    Row 1 (RS): Starting in second ch from hook, (insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a lp) in each of next 2 sts (3 live lps now on hook, including original working lp).
    Begin working I-cord rows: *With RS facing, remove hook from all but rightmost live lp. If desired, pinch the base of the free live lps with your non-hook hand. Keeping working yarn behind lps, yo, draw (don't tug) yarn through first lp to create a new lp, (insert hook into next live lp, yo and pull up a lp) in each remaining lp (3 new live lps now on hook; I-cord row complete). Do not turn, here and throughout.
    Repeat from * until you are comfortable working I-cord rows with a hook, and can pull up new lps without distorting surrounding lps. Keep a relaxed tension, and don't worry if a "ladder" forms on the WS of work.
  • Supply List: Bring 2 or 3 colors of solid, light to medium shade, non-slippery worsted or heavy worsted weight yarn; crochet hook(s) appropriate for yarn size, plus a hook one to two sizes smaller; stitch markers
  • Kit: $5.00 kit fee payable to instructor. Kit includes class booklet and cable holder samples.
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