Front Post Treble Crochet Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along

Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Front Post Treble Crochet Square (LW4132-3), which you can find here.

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We are posting 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 loosely and then do a row of single crochet so you have 35 stitches. Then do a row of double crochet and another row of single crochet.

To start the row with the front post treble crochets (abbreviated fptr), do a chain 3 (counts as a double crochet) and then do a double crochet in the next stitch. You’ll now do a front post treble crochet stitch around the double crochet stitch two rows below. To do the fptr, wrap the yarn twice around your hook (see photo on left) then insert it to the right of the double crochet two rows before, go behind that double crochet post, and have it come back out of the fabric to the left of the post (see photo on right).
















Do a yarn over and pull up a loop (see picture below) and then do [yarn over, pull through 2 loops] 3 times until you have one loop left on your hook. Do a second fptr around the next double crochet two rows down.

After the fptr, you need to do two double crochets as normal in the row you’re working in, and then two fptr. Follow the pattern for the order of fptr and double crochets — most of the time they are in sets of two, but in the center of the square is a single fptr with one double crochet on each side. (Remember, this sample square has fewer total stitches than your square will have.)

Since it can be difficult to see where to put your hook, you may find it helpful to turn your fabric some so you can see the stitches that were worked on the single crochet row. In the picture below, on the far right are the initial double crochets of the row. Next to them, coming left, are two stitches that were not worked, which are the two fptr. Then two worked stitches — the double crochets — and then two unworked stitches — more fptr. This technique can be used for all fptr rows in this pattern.

After you complete this row, you’ll do a row of plain single crochet. For the next row with fptr, you’ll be working the fptr around the previous fptr you did two rows below, instead of around double crochets.

Continue alternating single crochet rows and fptr rows, ending with a single crochet row for Row 27.

You’ll be doing the same border we have done for the previous textured squares, the Cross Stitch Square and the Back Loops Square. You’ll crochet along the top, down one side, across the bottom, and back up the other side and fasten the border with a slip stitch. In each corner stitch you’ll do a single crochet, chain 3, and another single crochet to make the corner lay flat.

To make sure you have 33 stitches on the sides of the square, the designer suggests marking the ends of rows 5, 9, 13, 17, and 21. As you make these rows put a stitch marker at either end of the row. When you go along the side for the border, do a single crochet into the end of every single crochet row except the rows you marked and do a single crochet into the top of and around the post of every double crochet. (Make sure you remove your stitch markers as you go!)

Now you’re finished! We’ll release the next square on March 19, 2014. You will need 10 Granny Squares and one each of the other squares for the finished afghan, so if you’re starting late you can get started on making those squares.

Introduction to the Crochet Along
Cross-Stitched Square
Granny Square
Back Loops Square
Popcorn Square
Raised Crochet Treble Square
Front Post Double Crochet 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

Official Rules