Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square (LW4132-8), which you can find here. This is the 9th square posted for this challenge; the links to the previous weeks are listed at the bottom of this post. We have two more square patterns to post before the pattern is complete!
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We post pictures of how to do each stitch pattern and crochet a very small sample as an example. Use the stitch counts in the actual pattern to make the square big enough for an afghan.
To start, chain 36 and then single crochet into every chain, for a total of 35 single crochet stitches. For Row 2, single crochet into the first stich. For the second stitch, you’re going to do a Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around the post of the single crochet stitch in Row 1. In a previous square you worked a fpdc around the post of a double crochet stitch; the fpdc is made the same way, but you’re just making it around a different type of stitch.
To do FPDC, do a yarn over like you do before a regular double crochet. Then put the hook into the fabric to the right of the post you’re crocheting around, and stick it out of the fabric to the left of the post you’re crocheting around. The post will be in front of the hook.
Do a yarn over, and pull the loop up so you have three loops on your hook. Complete the stitch by doing a yarn-over and pulling through two loops on the hook twice, just as you complete a regular double crochet.
In the next stitch, do a regular single crochet.
You’ll alternate regular single crochet stitches and front post double crochet stitches across row 2, so you end up with 18 single crochet stitches and 17 fpdc stitches. Keep track of your stitches so you don’t accidentally do a single crochet into the fpdc stitch. (This row is shorter, of course, since it is a swatch.)
For Row 3, do regular single crochet across.
For Row 4, you’ll alternate the fpdc and single crochets again. This time, instead of working the fpdc around the posts of the single crochet stitches, you’ll work them around the posts of the fpdc you did previously. You’ll end up with a line of raised stitches where all of the fpdc connect.
Row 5-44 alternate rows 3 and 4. You’ll be creating a fabric that has raised front post double crochet stitches on one side of the fabric and is smooth on the other side of the fabric.
For Row 45, do a regular single crochet row to end the square as we began it.
The idea behind the border for this square is the same as the previous squares — single crocheting all around.
After your final single crochet row, do not fasten off. Just turn your work so the right side (with the raised fpdc stitches) is facing you and single crochet across the top, down the side, across the opposite side of the foundation chain, and up the other side. In each corner stitch you’ll do a single crochet, chain 3, and another single crochet to make the corner lay flat.
To work the border evenly so you have 33 sc evenly spaced along the side edges, the designer recommended marking each end of Rows 2, 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, and 42. When you do the sides, don’t single crochet into the marked stitches, only into the unmarked stitches, and you’ll end up with a border matching the borders of the previous squares.
Now you’re finished! Join us in two weeks on May 28, 2014 for the next square in the crochet along.
Introduction to the Crochet Along
Back Loops Square
Front Post Treble Crochet Square
Raised Crochet Treble Square
Front Post Double Crochet Square
Back Loop & Front Loops Square
Shells with Front and Back Post Stitches Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square