By now, I’m fairly certain that you are zipping along with the progress of your cowl. Are you enjoying your chosen color combination? Personally, I’m seeing A LOT of purple but fortunately…I happen to like purple. Have you already figured out the mysterious Fpdc stitch? It really is quite straightforward and according to the New Stitch a Day website, “the Front Post Double Crochet is a method for making texture on the right side of your fabric. It is made by working into the row below, and pulls the fabric up and out on the right side, forming a bump in the fabric. It’s a technique used in cables, ribbing, simulated stitches, and basketweaves.”
To accomplish the FPdc, rather than inserting your hook into the conventional “vee” formed by the double crochet stitch from the round below, simply yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second double crochet of the round below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches. The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around. (See Fig. 1 below.) Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice. One FPdc is now complete. And lest you are, like many, a visual learner, there’s always a plethora of You Tube video tutorials which demonstrate the “front post double crochet” in action.
I find the insertion of this special post stitch between every nine “plain” double crochet stitches to be very refreshing and keeps me on my toes counting-wise. What about you?
Yarn: Juniper Moon Farm brand “Herriot” in color #1007, Mountains Majesty (2 hanks) and #1010 Plum Heather (1 hank).
Crochet Hook: US 7 (4.5mm)
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