Joining Strips with a Cable Join

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A very simple way to join strips that requires no extra yarn is with a cable join - this method entails slip stitching the loops of two strip through each other.  Our tutorial below shows one loop from each strip used in the cable join, however this could be varied to incorporate groups of loops to achieve an entirely different fabric.   (see Working Groups of Loops).

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Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 1

Hold the strips side by side.

 

 

Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 2

Insert the hook into the first loop of the first strip and then into the first loop of the second strip.

Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 3

Draw the loop of the 2nd strip through the loop on the first strip.  You have effectively slip stitched one loop through the other.

Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 4

You now have the braid of the 2nd strip on your hook.  Insert your hook into the next loop of the first strip and draw this loop through the loop on your hook.

Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 5

Continue work loops from alternate strips in this manner until the end of the strip.  Tie off after the last set of loops:  pull the the tail from one of the strips through the loop on your hook to form another loop on the hook.  Draw the remainder of the tail through this new loop to tie off.    If you find that your strips are of slightly different length, see our tutorial   When Your Strips Aren't the Same LengthOnce all loops on the strip are secured, cut and remove the guide line - only remove the guide line once the loops from both sides of the fabric have been worked with an edge or a join.

Hairpin Lace, Joining Strips with a Cable Join, Step 6

Appearance of a completed cable join.

If you are joining more than 2 strips together to form a fabric, please review our tutorial:  Joining More than One Strip to Create a Fabric

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