I got an exciting new toy this week! I’ve been wanting to get a new camera for a while. It’s always a bit of a struggle using my old compact camera to get good photos of my projects, especially when it’s cloudy outside. So I finally convinced my husband that now was the time to invest in a new one.
One of the great things about the new one is that it has a good video camera built in. The video on my last camera did not do close up focussing – so no good at all for crochet demos!
So, welcome to my first attempt at a crochet video tutorial. I chose the stitch used in my diamond trellis basket, because I know a few of you struggled to understand what on earth I was writing about. I hope you find it useful!
Stash yarn and matching hook size – I used Aran/worsted weight yarn and a 5mm hook. You may also want to use some stitch markers.
Front post treble crochet: Fptrc
Yarn over hook twice. Insert hook about the post indicated by the pattern. Yarn over and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). *Yarn over, draw through 2 lops, repeat from * two more times until one loop remains on the hook.
Front post treble crochet two together: Fptrc2tog
This makes a V-shaped stitch in front of the work with the two arms of the V being worked around the posts of the stitches 2 rows below. All the V’s worked side by side make one half of the diamond pattern. Work the first row of fptrc2tog as follows:
- Yarn over hook twice, insert hook horizontally (from front to back to front again) behind the “post” of the sc st indicated (in this case it will be the post just worked by the previous post st)
- Yarn over hook and draw up a loop (4 loops on hook). *Yarn over hook, draw through 2 loops, repeat from *, 2 loops left on hook (one arm of the V made).
- Yarn over hook twice, skip 3 sc posts, insert hook horizontally behind the next post. Yarn over hook and draw up a loop (5 loops on hook). *Yarn over hook, draw through 2 loops, repeat from *, 3 loops left on hook. Yarn over hook, draw through all three loops.
- There will be an “unworked” stitch left in the row below (behind the newly made fptrc2tog stitch).
The remaining fptrc2tog stitches of the first row using the stitch are worked the same way – with the first arm of the V worked around the same post as the last arm of the previous stitch. After the first row using this stitch the fptrc2tog stitch is worked around the top of the previous fptr2tog stitches rather than the sc posts.
Ch 14+1 (add multiples of 4ch for a larger swatch)
R1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each st to end (14 sts)
R2: ch2 (counts as dc), dc in each st to end (14 sts)
R3: ch1, turn (does not count as a st). Fptrc about the post of the 3rd sc in R1. *Sc 3times, fptrc2tog, repeat from *, sc 3 times, fptrc about the same sc post used in the last post worked of the last frptrc2tog st, sc in last st** (14 sts)
**In the video I got an extra stitch here, sorry about that! I’ll have to practice my counting skills…
R4: repeat R2 (14sts)
R5: ch1, turn (does not count as a st). sc in each of next two sts. *fptrc2tog about the tops of the post stitches in R3, 3sc, repeat from *2 more times (14 sts)
Repeat rows 2-5 until the piece is square or until you’ve mastered those fptrc2tog sts!
Please let me know what you think as I’d love some feedback – is it too short, long, not clear enough? Does my voice sound as funny to you as it does me? :)