We’ve reached the half way point of our Beyond the Granny CAL!
This time we’ll be learning another really effective technique – around the post stitches.
How you’ll go beyond the granny this month
1. You’ll read a pattern
2. You’ll learn how to do bp & fp stitches
3. You will change the pattern in a simple way to great effect
Now this technique is a bit fiddly at first. I remember struggling with it. I hope that my tips and pictures will help you get it easier than I did. Once you understand what you are doing, it’s really quite simple. Honest.
So what does “bp” & “fp” mean? These instructions refer to where you work your stitch. You work your stitch as normal – be it a tr, dc or whatever, but you work it around the post of the stitch below.
“bp” = back post. That means you work your stitch around the post of the stitch below from the back.
“fp” = front post. This means you work your stitch around the post of the stitch below from the front.
Sounds confusing I know. Once you do it though, you’ll get it,
Have a look at the pic below. The stitches in the middle of the sides are “fp” stitches. See how they sit on top of the block? The stitches on either side of the “fp” stitches are “bp” stitches. The sit behind the block.
Here are my tips for getting this right from the beginning. I don’t do this anymore, but it helped me when I started.
For the “fp” stitches, it may help to fold your work with the stitch you need to work around on top of the fold as shown below.
For the “bp” stitches, do the reverse – fold with the stitch you need to work around under the fold as shown below.
Just to be really clear, these pics might help you see where you are inserting your hook :
I hope that is clear for you. I think the best thing is to have a go. Try it and see how you go.
I’ve created a video on both for you too so you can really see how to do this fp bp thing
Ok so on to the patterns. I’ve provided the extended versions again. I’d really love it if you just used the normal written pattern first and only use the extended as a last resort, I think you’ve had enough practice. I wont be providing extended versions from now on. Don’t panic though, I’ll still help you if you need me to. 🙂
Around the Posts Patterns
As you’ll see, this pattern is very versatile. Just a simple change can alter the whole look. Have some fun with it.
1. Hook up at least 3 Around the Posts blocks. Play with hook size, being prepared to add/leave off rounds as you go to get your desired size.
2. Alter the pattern to swap the “fp” and “bp” stitches. This creates a reversed block as shown below. (you could simply turn the block over for much the same effect, but I don’t like that as crochet has a definite front and back for me)
3. Play with colour. This is a great one to change the colour each round.
4. Join to your previous blocks if you’ve started joining.
Next time, we’ll learn another fun technique – clusters. Until then, have fun. 🙂