Today I have part #4 of the Winter Waves Throw Blanket Crochet Along for you. After you finish this panel you are officially halfway done. If you are just joining us you can find all the information about our Winter CAL here.
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Back and Front Loop Half Double Crochet Panel
This panel uses the Front and Back Loop Half Double Crochet Stitch. This stitch is easy peasy. It’s a regular half double crochet but instead of working it through both loops all the way across the row as you usually would, you alternate between working in the front loop and the back loop for each stitch across the row. I did a tutorial for this stitch a couple of years ago, you can find it here.
You will work this stitch in short rows of just 14 stitches. This makes it easy to modify the length based on your first panel. Just add more rows if you need it longer and fewer rows if you need it shorter. We are also going to single crochet around your entire panel again to make it easier to join together and I think it gives it a more polished look.
Materials and Pattern Information
-#4 worsted weight yarn in one of your coordinating colors.
-6mm crochet hook
-tapestry needle and scissors
Gauge: 8 sts x 5 rows = approx. 2 in
I use US terminology
Sc: single crochet
Hdc: half double crochet
FLO: front loop only
BLO: back loop only
Sl st: slip stitch
-This panel is worked in rows
-To make longer or shorter add or remove rows
-With border, panel measures just over 4 in across.
-Ch 1 does not count as a stitch
-This panel uses the Front and Back Loop Hdc stitch. You can find a tutorial here.
-Always work the first and last stitch of the row through both loops
Divider Panel #2 Instructions
Row 1: Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn (14 sts)
Row 2: Ch 1, hdc in same st as chain 1. *Working in BLO, hdc in next. Working in FLO, hdc in next. Repeat from * across until 1 st remains. Hdc in last st. Turn. (14)
Repeat row 2 until your panel is almost as long as your blanket, save room for a sc border. Mine was 87 rows. Do not turn after last row. Continue to border.
Ch 1, sc evenly around placing 3 sc in each corner stitch. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off and weave in ends.
**TIP: When working down the raw edge, I placed 1 sc in one row end and then 2 in the next all the way across and it layed flat with no rippling.
You may block your panel if needed, I did not.
We are whip stitching again with your MC.
A helper I discovered this time was: after you fold the divider panel on top of the square panel, place some safety pins along the edge to hold the two pieces together and keep them even.