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The Neapolitan French Braid Cable Crochet with VIDEO TUTORIAL and FREE Pattern! – YarnHookNeedles

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Are you ready for another amazing crochet cable stitch to learn?? This blanket design was named by the amazing folks following me on Instagram! If you love ice cream, specifically Neapolitan ice cream, then you will LOVE this blanket design!



***To understand how to create cables, view the video below



H crochet hook

4 skeins of big twist yarns (appr. 1500 yards) in the 4 different Neapolitan colors


tapestry needle


Written in US crochet terms.

Printable PDF available for $1.99 on Etsy and Ravelry (link at the end of the post)




CH 95

R1 – In the 3rd CH from the hook place a SC. * SC in the next st. Rep from * all the way across. CH 1. Turn.

R2 – (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC) SC all the way across. CH 1. Turn.

R3 – (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC) SC in next 2 sts, * 6 FPDC (front post double crochet) in the next 6 stitch posts, SC in next 3 stitches, repeat from * all the way across until the end where you will end with 3 SC in the last 3 sts (giving you 3 SC on each side of the project), CH 1, Turn.

R4 – (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC), SC in next 2 sts, * 6 BPDC (back post double crochet) in the next 6 sts, SC in the next 3 sts. Rep from * across ending with 3 SC in the last 3 sts. CH 1, Turn.

R5 – (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC),ย  in next 2 stitches, *skip 2 post stitches and place 2 FPTR (front post triple crochet) in the next 2 post stitches, WORKING BACKWARDS place 2 FPTR BEHIND the previous 2 FPTR stitches, WORKING FORWARD place 2 FPDC in the next 2 post stitches, SC in next 3 SC stitches. Repeat from * all the way across ending with 3 SC in last 3 sts. CH 1, Turn.

R6 –ย (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC), SC in next 2 sts, * 6 BPDC (back post double crochet) in the next 6 sts, SC in the next 3 sts. Rep from * across ending with 3 SC in the last 3 sts. CH 1, Turn.

R7 – (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC) SC in next 2 stitches, * FPTR in next 2 stitches, SKIP next 2 post stitches, FPTR in next 2 post stitches, WORKING BACKWARDS place 2 FPTR post stitches in the FRONT of the previous post stitches, WORKING FORWARD continue with a SC in the next 3 stitches. Repeat from * all the way across until you get to the end placing 3 SC in the last 3 stS, CH 1, Turn.

R8 –ย (CH 1 COUNTS AS FIRST SC), SC in next 2 sts, * 6 BPDC (back post double crochet) in the next 6 sts, SC in the next 3 sts. Rep from * across ending with 3 SC in the last 3 sts. CH 1, Turn.

R9 – DESIRED LENGTH: repeat rows 3 – 8

LAST 2 ROWS: *3sc/6 FPDC/3sc repeat from * across. CH 1 Turn

LAST ROW: SC all the way across.









97 thoughts on “The Neapolitan French Braid Cable Crochet with VIDEO TUTORIAL and FREE Pattern! – YarnHookNeedles

  1. I am horrible with written instructions. I am trying to learn but it is a skill that has not been easy for me since I had started to crochet almost a year ago. I appreciate the video tutorials, if this is still a possibility for you to consider.

    1. Thanks for letting me know a video would help! I will most certainly have a tutorial ready this week to help out those who are more visual learners. I am one who benefits from videos too! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Hi! the blanket is beautiful and I am going to give it a try. Can you tell me if it is a chain that is a multiple of 13 or a multiple of 8 no matter how big add 5 to the amount at the end? So 8 x 50 = 400, the chain would be 405? or 8 + 5 = 13 x 50 = 650

    1. You don’t mention the amount of wool per colour, the thickness of yarn and size hook. Maybe you can let us know the exact stitches you used for the crib size and the amount of yarn.
      Your video is great and easy to follow, looking forward to getting started.
      I have a tight tension.
      Thank You

      1. I am so sorry for not including that info!

        For the yarn, it was 371 yards per skein. I used 4 skeins total (one in each of the four colors) and then I used an “I” hook for the crib blanket size.

        I hope you have fun making this blanket for yourself and please let me know if you run into any problems!

    1. I used white, medium gray, dark denim and pink in the BigTwist yarn sold at JoAnns. They are having a GREAT sale right now on this brand of yarn and if you use one of their coupons you can get an even better deal!

    1. Thanks so much!

      If you look right above the written pattern in the post, you should see the link for the video tutorial!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!

  3. Can you please clarify whether there are 2 or 3 single crochets at the end of the odd numbered rows? The pattern seems to indicate having to add one each time but in the video you are only doing 2? Sorry if I’m not getting this part

    1. Yes I realized afterward I was mistaken when I originally wrote the post. It’s a multiple of 8 + 6 therefore giving you an edging of 3 SC on each side.
      I made an update at the top of the post with this info but I will be fixing that in the video too. I’m so sorry if that confused you! ? Let me know if you have any other issues!

      1. Thanks Jerica! Very excited to start this! One more question, how much yarn would you estimate would be required for all the sizes you post on your very useful chart? I’m hoping to make the throw size

        1. I would estimate 8 – 12. I used 4 for this crib size. Some of it depends on how tightly you crochet. Or how loose you crochet. I would start out with 8 -and go from there!

          Thanks so much for your kind words ???

  4. Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I’ve been knitting since I was a small kiddo but am a complete beginner with crocheting… I happened across this pattern and now want to learn. I am having a bit of trouble figuring out how to properly start with the single chain part even though I know it sounds like it should be simple. I think I somehow keep losing stitches in the turns. Do you have an absolute beginner tutorial of how to count and keep to the correct number of chain stitches so I could maybe do a trial square of this pattern before actually starting on the pattern?

    Thank you!!

    1. I have been toying with the idea of creating a beginner YouTube course for those who are just starting out. I will definitely put this together. If you subscribe to my YouTube channel and allow notifications, you will see exactly when I get those videos loaded.
      In the meantime, if you ever have any other questions I am here to help! Don’t hesitate ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Thanks for the tutorial. It was a great help! I did have a little problem seeing the stitches with the dark brown yarn. Maybe a lighter yarn would allow the viewer to see where you place the needle…especially when you place it behind the post stitches. Just a thought.

  6. Is there a hook guide with this blanket? I would love to make this but don’t want to start with a smaller hook than required and have to frog it repeatedly trying to find a hook that works.

    1. I currently don’t have a hook guide however I did list which hook size I used for making the blanket in the photo. If you stay within the dimensions on the printable you can use the appropriate hook size for the yarn you have purchased and just be sure to stay within the correct measurements and multiples.
      If you’re still having issues please email me and I will do my best to assist you!

  7. These instructions are awful and the video is so hard to see. I bought enough yarn to make a queen size and can’t get past row 3 not happy right now. 2 in same post? Or one in each post for 2, the backwards? 8 plus 5 or 6?

  8. My confusion is the front post to use. Is that the post of the single crochet (even row) or the post of the actual cable (odd row).

    I agree with one of the earlier comments. Maybe a lighter color would be easier to see


    1. If I’m understanding you correctly it would be the post of the cable itself. The SCs will always remain”pushed back” the cables are what we are trying to pull to the front. I thank you for the feedback on the yarn colors. We are currently editing video right now with better lighting, yarn and hook colors. Hopefully these changes will address any possible issues in the future!

      If you are still having trouble please email me: and we can figure it out together!

  9. Hi, just read directions and watched the video, beautiful stitch by the way. I do have 1 question that I haven’t seen answered. Directions say 8 +6, but video states 8+5, which came out perfectly. So question is which is correct? Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words!

      It is actually supposed to be a multiple of 8+6. This provides you with an even edging on both sides of 3 stitches. The multiple of 8+5 would give 3 stitches on one side and 2 stitches on the other. We are making corrections to the video and also editing new ones so we should have everything fixed VERY soon!

  10. I’m nearing the end of my first role that I have to start the cable stuff. If I do the next cable series I’m only going to end with one stitch so I am thinking I did something wrong . I got a little confused after we did the post work going into the next stitch do you immediately go into the next hole or go to the next open hole ? Does that even make sense?

  11. Beautiful blanket only one suggestion – for your tutorial you should use a bright coloured yarn – it would be much easier to see the stitches than the dark-coloured yarn you are using. Especially when it comes to the fancy stitches – much easier to see with a light-coloured yarn. Tk u for yr tutorial & pattern – they r awesome but you could make it easier for people to view the video.

  12. Struggled with the pattern. The video was difficult, but after THREE days I GOT IT RIGHT. I am soooo proud of myself. Thank you very much.

  13. Hi I really love the picture for the Napolitain cable stitch…I chained 86 stitches(10 times 8 + 6)…I tried to get to row 5…4 times and my stitch count is still of even after keeping a mutiple of 8+6? When i make my last sequence of row 5, im left with 3 stitch ย after the 2 last sc of tow 5 ?ย 

    1. Hi there! I have updated the video with all the issues fixed! I hope this helps everyone not have any more issues. If you do, please email me and I will help you work through it! the new video is in this original post!

  14. What size needle would you suggest for the full size afgan? And how many rows do you do before changing color?

    1. Depending on the yarn you choose, I would suggest a size N or Q hook. Either would work well for creating a larger size. As for color change, I bascially do two repeats of the cable before switching a color. But you could do as many repeats as you feel look good. For a larger blanket I think two repeats would look great!

  15. I am so glad I found this! I am actually focusing on cables right now, even working up my own pattern. It’s a first for me, I am determined to conquer cables and this pattern and video will help perfect my skills in this stitch. Thank you so much!

  16. Thank you for posting this pattern and tutorial. I am going to attempt it!! You might want to take a look at the pattern you posted–it is different from what you say to do in the tutorial, which caused me some confusion. For example, it says to do single crochet instead of double crochet, and front post treble crochet instead of front post double crochet.

  17. I watched the tutorial on the French braid but it is different that the pattern. would love a tutorial with the pattern in mind. its done in single crochet dc and trc. I think I have it figured out but not quite sure.

  18. I have such a mental block with this pattern! I need to get moving as I want to give it as a wedding gift. Is it just me but someone said 405 stitch chain to start, this seems huge afghan. Please help! Can you tell me a stitch count for the sizes?
    Thank you,

  19. I am hoping for a nice size throw, kind of square, nice size but not too huge…to my best guess anyway. Thank you for any assistance!

      1. I tried but I’m still kinda new at crocheting and I just couldn’t see where the stitches were. It’s REALLY Thick and quite fluffy. I used a stitch where you used the spaces instead of the stitches for that yarn. NOW I’m ready to do this one and I’m using Scarfy yarn. The green/black. Should look cool and a bit Celtic. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. FWIW: The pattern as written above DOES NOT WORK OUT. For one thing, multiples of 8 + 5 (or 6) will not give you 3 sc on each side. Multiples of 8 + 4 will.

    SWATCH : Three cables can be done with (6 post + 2 sc) x 3 + 4 + 1. Do 29 ch in the foundation; turn and sc in 2nd ch from hook. Total = 28 sts = multiple of 8 (24) + 4.

    Unfortunately, the “backward/forward” instructions DO NOT WORK for me either. The posts do not intertwine correctly like in the photo.

    There are much simpler instructions for cables available elsewhere. I am beyond frustrated with the instructions above. Better written instructions would eliminate any need for a video.

    1. Here is the new, completed version of the pattern. I have also reworked the written pattern. I sincerely apologize for the confusion. This was one of my earlier patterns for this blog and I definitely have a different pattern writing style. Hopefully, the new video and instructions eliminate any confusion. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. I am so sorry for having caused frustration.

  21. Love the pattern! Working on a Christmas gift with it. I have a question though, in the video you do DC but in the written it’s a SC.. should I DC or not?
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. This is beautiful blanket but the video link isn’t for a braided cable as in the blanket it’s for s twisted cable. Very confusing for beginners especially

  23. I am confused with the written directions and the updated video tutorial. The written directions are to SC between the cables and the video is using D.C. Also, the written is D.C. AND TR in the cables and the video is strictly D.C. Which one was used fir the neopolitan French braid blanket? Thanks. Love the pattern.

    1. Here is the new video tutorial I created and I have updated the written pattern as well. I am so sorry for having issues. This was one of my very first patterns I created and I am just now getting around to getting everything updated. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with!

  24. I’m looking to do the throw size for this blanket and I’m unsure of how long my chain should be to accommodate the appropriate multiples. I’ve watched the updated video, just want to confirm if the written instructions on this page are now the ones that match up with the video? Thanks!

  25. With the French braid pattern, after I get through row 8 it says to repeat row 3-8 till itโ€™s as big as needed. When I do 3 and 4 then start 5 it looks like there is a break in the braid? Help

    1. I’m having this same issue. I started a new color and started at row 3 and there looks like there is a break in the braid.

  26. The directions say to repeat from rows 3-8. Should it read from 5-8? If you repeat 3 & 4 youโ€™re adding straight front posts and not continuing the braid. Thanks for your help. Iโ€™m new to crocheting and I might be doing this incorrectly.

  27. Hi Jerica! I would LOVE to see a tutorial of how you hold the yarn in your left fingers and yarn over the crochet hook! I’m a new crocheter and have not seen the way that you crochet anywhere else. Thank you so much!!

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