Here's what I have planned to accomplish this week:
- canvas bag tote = clutch purse
- tiny dress = big girl skirt
- 1 or 2 crocheted hip pouches
- circle top for my red red pants
I'm working on one of the hip pouches now. I promised one to a friend before the move and I'm running low on excuses. There is no reason not to. Honestly, my biggest motivation is the fear of letting both my craft supplies and excellent sense of style go to waste. And it's like I said, practice makes perfect.
Anyhow, I was trying to duplicate a stitch I used on my original pouch made years ago and I'd completely forgotten how to do it. I had to stop what I was doing and figure it out. And, I figured I would teach you as well!
I consider myself an intermediate crocheter, but this stitch is easy once you wrap your head around the concept. It's just a little tricky is all... its a front post double crochet paired with a back stitch double crochet (FPDC and BPDC, respectively). I re-taught myself by watching the wonderful videos by Crochet Cabana. I highly recommend heading that way yourself if my pictures aren't good enough for you (esp. the back post dc).
Here's what I started with:
You can see it's been worked with before. I really tried to figure it out on my own, but I just couldn't remember! Anyhow, I simply chained for the foundation chain, then double crocheted a row.
To start a front post double crochet (FPDC), yarn over like you would for a double crochet...
Then pull through the front of the post going in from the front and around the back...
So you get this:
Then you just finish the DC. Here are two FPDCs together:
See how they pop out? Yeah buddy. Now, to get the same effect on both sides you gotts do back post dc's as well. To do those, yarn over like you're going to make a double crochet stitch...
Now wrap around the post again coming from the back and around the front...
Finish up your dc and you have something like this (next to a FPDC):
Here's the whole row FPDC x2, BPDC x2, repeat:
And a whole lot of rows...
Both sides look like that. Fancy, huh?
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my crochet refresher course. :) Hope everyone's having a fabulous Tuesday!