Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Saturday Stitch: Front (and Back)post double crochet.

There has been a few weeks of sick folks and crochet orders in my house. Sadly, the blog has suffered and I apologize. Hopefully I can get us back to a sort of regularly scheduled programming.

Some weeks ago I promised the next Saturday Stitch would be front post and back post double crochet. This gives whatever you're making a ribbed, 3-D effect. When working with crochet, you're told to go into the stitch. This is the top of the work you did on the row or round previous.
In front or back post crochet, you insert the hook into the "post" of the stitch. (see photo) This stitch is abbreviated fpdc or bpdc.

The pattern I've chosen is a pretty straightforward one. It's for a 3-D scarf. This pattern is created entirely on theory, so if it doesn't work out well or it looks like garbage, let me know.

3-D Scarf

Two 5-7oz. skeins of any yarn, although worsted weight will work best.
H hook (bigger hook=bigger, looser scarf.)

Ch 22 loosely. (I tend to prefer skinnier scarves. If you'd like a wide scarf, just chain a multiple of 2, plus an additional 2 chains.)

Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. (20 dc)

Row 2: ch 2, turn. *fpdc (front post double crochet) in first dc. Bpdc (back post double crochet) in next dc.** Repeat from * across.

Repeat Row 2 until piece is desired length.

Alternate version:
Same Materials.

Ch 222 loosely. (once again, your personal preference comes into play. This chain will be the length of the scarf, so just stop when it gets long enough. Just make sure it's a multiple of 2, plus 2 additional chains.)

Row 1: dc in 3rd chain from hook and in each ch across.

Row 2: *fpdc in first dc, bpdc in next dc** Repeat *-** across.

Repeat row 2 until scarf is desired width.

Since I've never tried this pattern out, please send me photos of your finished products if you make one. Email me at

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