Welcome back to the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet-Along! This week we will be working on the Shells with Front & Back Post Stitches Square (LW4132-9), which you can find here. This is the 10th square posted for this challenge; the links to the previous weeks are listed at the bottom of this post. Only one more square and finishing left to do!
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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.
As with many of the textured squares, start by chaining 36 and then doing single crochet for the first row, for a total of 35 single crochet.
Row 2 starts the shells you see throughout the square. You’ll start by chaining 3, which counts as a double crochet, and then doing 2 more double crochets. To make the shell you’ll skip two stitches, and into the 3rd stitch you’ll work two double crochets, two chains, and then another two double crochets.
To do fpdc, do a yarn over like you are starting a regular double crochet. Then put the hook into the fabric to the right of the post you’re crocheting around, inserting from front to back, 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 another shell combination (the 2 double crochet, chain 2, 2 double crochet combination) into the chain two space of the shell from the previous row. All shells will be made of this same stitch combination worked into the same spot in the row. Continue across the row, doing fpdc stitches around the double crochets and working shells into shells. End with a double crochet stitch on the last stitch.
To do a bpdc, do a yarn over like you do when starting a regular double crochet. Then put the hook into the fabric to the right of the post you’re crocheting around, inserting it from back to front, and stick it out of the fabric to the left of the post you’re crocheting around. The post will be in back of the hook.
After your chain 3, work back post double crochet stitches around the front post double crochet stitches and shells into shells. End with a double crochet instead of a post stitch.
Continue repeating Rows 4 and 5 nine more times. You will not quite have a square yet, as you have to make the end not scalloped.
Row 24 is designed to fill in the hollows created by the shell pattern. You’ll chain 3 to start, and then back post double crochet into the previous post stitches, then work a double crochet and then a half double crochet into the next two stitches as you go up the shell. Do a single crochet into the chain space at the top of the shell, and then go down the other side by doing a half double crochet and then a double crochet. You’ll continue in this pattern — back post double crochet into the post stitches, and then “filling in” the shells — across the row to complete the square shape.
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.
Now you’re finished! Join us in two weeks on June 11, 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
Front Post Double Crochet around Single Crochet Square
Double Crochet & Slip Stitch Square
Finishing and Border