Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Front Post Double Crochet Square (LW4132-6), which you can find here. This is the 7th square posted for this challenge; the links to the previous weeks are listed at the bottom of this post. We have 4 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.
The texture on this square makes a fun double-sided fabric. When you’re finished with the square, this stitch would make a great fabric for a cozy for your favorite electronic device!
To start, chain 36 and then single crochet into every chain, for a total of 35 single crochet stitches. For Row 2, chain 3 (which counts as a double crochet) and then double crochet into each single crochet. So far this square is similar to some of the others we’ve already worked.
For Row 3, do a chain 3, and then do Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around the next 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 double crochet.
You’ll alternate regular double crochet stitches and front post double crochet stitches across row 3, so you end up with 18 double crochet stitches and 17 fpdc stitches. Keep track of your stitches so you don’t accidentally do a double crochet into the fpdc stitch. (This row is shorter, of course, since it is a swatch.)
For Row 4, chain 3 and then do a double crochet into the next stitch, which is a fpdc. Again you’ll alternate double crochets and fpdc across the row. You’ll be working double crochets into fpdc, and fpdc into double crochets. You’ll end Row 4 with two double crochets.
Row 5-26 alternate rows 3 and 4. You’ll be creating a fabric that has raised front post double crochet stitches on both sides of the square.
For Row 27, 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 — but getting the right number of stitches down the sides is slightly different since there are a different number of rows in this square compared with previous textured squares.
After your final single crochet row, do not turn and do not fasten off. Single crochet down along the side of the square, across the opposite side of the foundation chain, up the other side, and finally across the top of the square before ending the border with a slip knot and fastening off.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, 4, 8, 12, 16, and 20. When you do the sides, single crochet into the tops of and around the posts of the edge stitches, but skip crocheting into the top of the marked rows 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 April 30, 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
Back Loop & Front Loop Square
Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square
Shells with Front and Back Post Stitches Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square