Shells with Front & Back Post Stitches 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 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.

A first shell
You’ll skip another two stitches before you do a double crochet, and then you’ll do another two double crochet. Continue the pattern of shell stitches with 3 double crochets in between each shell all the way across the row, ending with the three double crochets.

B first row
Row 3 continues the shells and starts the post stitches. Chain 3, which counts as a double crochet, and then make a front post double crochet (fpdc) around each of the next 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.

C fpdc
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.

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.

D second shell row
Row 4 is the same idea as Row 3, but using back post double crochet instead of front post double crochet. By working front and back post stitches on alternating rows you will end up with raised lines on one side of the work (the right side in this case).

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.

E bpdc
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.

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.

F another shell row
Row 5 is worked the same as Row 3, with front post double crochet. The difference between rows 3 and 5 is that in Row 3 you were working the post stitches around double crochets, and in Row 5 you are working them around other post stitches.

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.

G smoothing row
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.

J border
To work the border evenly so you have 33 sc evenly spaced along the side edges, the designer recommends skipping Row 24, single crocheting in the of and around the post of the double crochet in the next row, and then single crocheting around the post of the double crochet in the row below. You’ll alternate working two single crochets and one single crochet into the ends of the rows, and skip the last row.

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
Cross-Stitched Square
Granny Square
Back Loops Square
Front Post Treble Crochet Square
Popcorn 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 

Official Rules

6 thoughts on “Shells with Front & Back Post Stitches Square in the Checkerboard Textures Throw Crochet Along

  1. DIANE MARY

    Hello I hav been workg on the Red Heart Checkerboard Throw however unable to open ‘shells with front and back posts’. The ‘here’ which is normally in red doesn’t allow above to open. Would you please send it thru to me email thx Diane

  2. Val

    I can’t get it to open in red either, and I don’t know where Diane found it….please fix so I can save this, Thanks!

  3. vicki fab

    Can I please get the pattern repeat for this pattern? I would love to make it into a larger afghan but cannot find the pattern repeat info to work it out. thank you

    • redheart Post author

      Hi Vicki, Thanks for your question! We worked out the stitch multiple, and it is a multiple of 8 +3. This is just for the stitches. If you are starting from a chain, you will need to add extra stitches for turning chains. We also wanted to make sure you know that this fabric is stiff and heavy, so it will be a very warm afghan and take a lot of yarn.

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