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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Front Post Shell Stitch Pattern




Front Post Stitch Shell Pattern
(multiple of 5, plus 3)

So I was sitting around watching Simpson's with my son (he's 2.5 yrs old) and trying out different things with a spare roll of yarn when I came up with this one. I originally make it in one color and then through to myself how pretty it would look in 2 colors. Here's the monochromatic version:
Still very pretty and would look great for an understated piece and, of course, would look great in person. A two dimensional picture just doesn't do it just though. So I went back and did it again in two colors just for you.

To crochet the example you will need to crochet a base chain of 15, plus 3 loops. DC in the third loop from the hook and across.


Next, switch to your second color. (Do this by finishing your last DC of this row with the new color. Or finishing off this row and slip stitching to add the new color) chain 1 and turn.


Single crochet in the first stitch. Next, skip a stitch and insert your hook around the third post from the right. Pull up a loop and complete a double crochet stitch.  



Repeat twice more for a total of 3 double crochet stitches added to the same post stitch. On the previous row, skip 3 stitches and add a single crochet stitch to the fourth.


Repeat!


Repeat across.


Switch back to the blue color, chain 1, turn. Add a single crochet to the first stitch.






Next, add a double crochet stitch to the three stitches you skipped during the last row.

Add a single crochet stitch to the top of the single crochet stitch from the previous row.


Repeat across.




For your next row, switch colors, chain 1 and turn. Add a single crochet to the first stitch.





 If you pull the shell out a bit you'll see your next post. See the middle post below? Insert your hook around this post and add 3 double crochet stitches to the post.

 

Add a single crochet stitch to the top of the SC stitch from the last row.


Repeat across. You can now repeat the last 2 rows until you reach the desired length.



I used this pattern to make a pretty blue bowl. I'll be posting pics of the bowl tomorrow with some more tips. If you wanna try this puppy out as well, I'd love to see your pics. Just post to the Facebook site or send me a tweet.

Cheers!
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