After all the trips I thought I would do some picture tutorials on different ways to crochet. Did you know you can crochet not just in the hole that is made by the stitch but also in the Front loop and back loop on top the crochet hole? Front Loop and Back Loop work is done in the loops on the top of the crochet. Every crochet stitch has two loops on top of the work weather it is sc, hdc, dc, tr, etc.
This particular stitch is great for adding a second layer or can be used to make a line design in the crochet such as the tail of my mermaid pattern. By working in the front loop and back loop depending on the side being worked brings out the shell pattern. These are common stitches that are used.
Again every crochet stitch has a post underneath the crochet hole that is usually worked. The post is the main body of the stitch and is below the hole that is usually used. In dc the post is rather long and easy to show so I will use it to for a picture tutorial. Just know that even sc have post under the hole and this stitch can be done in them as well.
To make a front post dc (FPdc), instead of inserting the hook into the hole of the next stitch, insert the hook from the front, around the post of the stitch in the row below. Bring it back out to the front of the work and make a double crochet stitch.
If starting the row with Front Post or Back Post work the turning ch should be a little shorter since the dc are actually worked in the row below and the resulting row will be a little shorter that a normal crochet row.
Back Post work is done by inserting the hook in the post below going from the back of the post, around the post and come out on the back side.
Here is a picture of both the FPdc and BPdc worked alternately. It produces a fantastic texture and can make a wonderful woven stitch pattern.
Here is a link to a Craftsy blog which uses this stitch to make a woven pattern. Crochet Basket weave Stitch If you have not joined Craftsy.com, I would encourage you to join. It is free and there is so much to learn.
I hope everyone else had as great a summer as I did. What are some of your favorite stitches to crochet?