For the longest time I have been meaning to learn how to do the different foundation stitches that eliminate the need for a starting chain. But I kept putting it off, stubbornly clinging to those tedious chains for some unknown reason. When I thought about how I wanted to design this cowl, and how I wanted it to look, I realized it was time. It NEEDED foundation double crochet. And so, I set about learning. Why, why was I such a brat about putting it off? It’s amazing! And so easy! I’m in love.
I’m not even going to give you a starting chain option. Seriously, if you don’t have fdc in you life, do yourself a favor and learn it today.
Foundation double crochet (Fdc) I used this tutorial.
Double crochet (dc)
Front post treble crochet (FPtr) Yarn over twice. From front, insert hook around back of post of stitch below, yarn over, draw up a loop. (Yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times.
Back post treble crochet (BPtr) Yarn over twice. From back, insert hook around front of post of stitch below, yarn over, draw up a loop. (Yarn over, pull through two loops) 3 times.
Hook- H/8 (5 mm)
Yarn- (4) skeins of Bambool by elsebeth lavold 50 g/92 yd. This is a bamboo blend yarn of 80% bamboo and 20% merino wool. This yarn has been discontinued but can be found on ebay.
Finished cowl measurements- 32 inches around x 9 inches tall
Fdc 47. Ch 2, turn.
R1) Work 1 dc in second stitch from hook. Work *1 FPtr, 2 dc*. Repeat between *’s across. Ch 2, turn.
R2) Work I dc in second stitch from hook. Work *1BPtr in FPtr below, 2 dc*. Repeat between *’s across. Ch 2, turn.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until cowl is desired length. I used all 4 of my skeins completely to get a 32 inch length.
When desired length is reached, ch 1, turn. Bring ends together and use a slip stitch to join. Finish off, weave in ends.
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