Welcome to the fourth instalment of your beautiful advent blanket, designed by Rosina Plane.
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Day 4: Alternating Spike st (first patt row only) & working into the FLO and BLO
Today’s section is relatively small and simple, but still something new to learn. Working into FLO (front loop only) and BLO (back loop only) is super easy and it can add a little bit of extra dimension to your project.
Spike dc (spike double crochet): Insert hook in st 2 rows below, yrh, pul to height of working row, yrh, draw through both loops on hook. You might recognise this stitch – you did it on day 2!
Row 1 (RS): Join Bubblegum with a standing dc in first st, *1 spike dc, 1 dc; rep from * to end. Turn. 117 sts
Tip: Don’t fancy doing a standing dc? Don’t stress about it – just join the new colour with a slip stitch and ch1 to start!
Row 2 (WS): 1 ch, dc in FLO across to last st, 1 dc. Turn.
Row 3 (RS): 3 ch (counts as 1 tr), tr in BLO across to last st, 1 tr. Turn.
TIP: The front loop is the one that’s closest to you as you work, and the back loop is the one that’s further away. This is the same whether you’re working a right side or a wrong side row.
Rows 4–5: Rep rows 2–3.
Fasten off. Do not turn.
Working into the front or back loop
For rows 2-5, you will be working totally normal double or treble stitches, but instead of working into both sides of the V as you usually would, you just work into one side or the other. Let’s take a look at how that looks in double crochet.
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Working into FLO (front loop only) in double crochet – RIGHT HANDED
Working into FLO in double crochet – LEFT HANDED
There, it’s just that easy!
So, after you’ve done a row of dc in FLO (double crochet in front loop only), the pattern asks you to do a row of tr in BLO (treble crochet in back loop only). You already know how to work a treble, but here’s how to find that back loop:
Working into the back loop (Right handed)
Working into the back loop (Left handed)
Close-up photos of today’s part