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Old 11-11-2012, 09:27 AM   #1
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OK I'm trying to continue a tradition started by my mother who passed away in 2009. She would either knit or crochet afghans for special folks she thought deserved them. These afghans were always either Angels Everywhere or Captive Hearts from Shady Lane. I'm doing the Captive Hearts Afghan and am having a little trouble trying to figure out how to complete a row.

The first 3 rows are all single crochet and I have those done. Its the 4th row I'm having trouble with. The pattern reads:
Join CC with sc in first st (I get this part). The trouble comes here, dc in fl of next 2 rows below,. Is there a video somewhere that shows how to do this? There are a couple pictures on the pattern showing what to do but I can't seem to get my brain wrapped around the concept.

This is the first pattern of this type I've tried to do but so far I think I like it. Its really easy to figure out what row your on since each row is cut and finished off. All you have to do is count the fringe ends. Both the Angels and the Hearts patterns are made in a similar fashion so once I get this part figured out the rest should be a breeze. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
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Old 11-11-2012, 10:36 AM   #2
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Have you figured out the 'fl' means 'front loop'? You might be able to find a video on youtube by searching for 'front loop dc' or spell out double crochet. Usually in crochet you would put the hook through both loops of the stitch on the previous row, the chain - but for the fl you only putt into the loop that's facing you. There's also some stitches where you would make the stitch in the back loop only.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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The pattern has an explanation about the fl being front loop. Its the 2 rows below I'm having trouble with. I will look at the piece I've made so far and see if I can figure out just where the front loop is on that row 2 down.

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Old 11-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #4
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Yes, doing it on the stitch 2 rows below will make an elongated stitch or a folded up one. It may also mean the same as 'front post' which doesn't mean to make the stitch in the top loop, but in the vertical loop of a dc instead.

I found a picture, and it looks like the regular rows are done through the back loop, leaving the front loops free. Or is it Tunisian crochet? In that case there would be a front loop to work into.
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Old 11-11-2012, 12:55 PM   #5
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Yes, doing it on the stitch 2 rows below will make an elongated stitch or a folded up one. It may also mean the same as 'front post' which doesn't mean to make the stitch in the top loop, but in the vertical loop of a dc instead.

I found a picture, and it looks like the regular rows are done through the back loop, leaving the front loops free. Or is it Tunisian crochet? In that case there would be a front loop to work into.
That picture looks to be the same pattern but it says to work the fl of the row 2 below. SC's are worked into the back loop. I will have to look at Tunisian Crochet to see if this is what they're talking about.
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Old 11-11-2012, 01:20 PM   #6
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Yes, if you work the stitch into the loop of the stitch 2 rows below, you'll have that vertical line that appears.
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Is it possible for you to link to the pattern or a picture of it? I did a search and came up empty handed for the pattern.
I don't think it's Tunisian, you'd know it was not ordinary crochet because in Tunisian you work the stitches in two passes, the first picking them up and holding them on the needle much like knitting and the second to work them off. However, I have been wrong once or twice...maybe even three times in my life.

Tunisian simple stitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFdI5fc_iDE
This video is working in the back loop but maybe it will help you see what you need to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2GzJHCgwE

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Is it possible for you to link to the pattern or a picture of it? I did a search and came up empty handed for the pattern.
I don't think it's Tunisian, you'd know it was not ordinary crochet because in Tunisian you work the stitches in two passes, the first picking them up and holding them on the needle much like knitting and the second to work them off. However, I have been wrong once or twice...maybe even three times in my life.

Tunisian simple stitch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFdI5fc_iDE
This video is working in the back loop but maybe it will help you see what you need to do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2GzJHCgwE

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Its not possible to link to the pattern due to copyright.

15th set down the page
http://www.shadylane.com/afghanspg2.htm

The picture suzeeq linked to looks the same but closeup.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:46 PM   #9
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In the notes of the pattern it states: All sc's are worked in the back loop. All dc's are worked in the front loop of st of 2nd row below the one being worked.

I'm wondering if I need to frog these 3 rows of sc I've done so far. These were done as regular sc and not using the back loop. I was thinking the back loop would be used when the actual pattern started.I'm now wondering if it does indeed make a difference.
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I'm wondering if I need to frog these 3 rows of sc I've done so far. These were done as regular sc and not using the back loop. I was thinking the back loop would be used when the actual pattern started.I'm now wondering if it does indeed make a difference.
Yes, it does seem to make a difference. Crocheting in the back loop only is what produces the ridges on the front that can be seen in the close up.

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All dc's are worked in the front loop of st of 2nd row below the one being worked.
That's a drop stitch, worked in the front loop only. I knew it had a name, I finally stumbled across it. This video is for working in both loops but you can easily work it front loop only I bet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hhZ5f-NRXY
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I love that pattern, if I ever do a real crochet project again that may be it.
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