Chicken Scratch

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Skill Level: intermediate

Guage: Complete square is 6 inches wide.

Materials:

  • 1-2 ounces each of worsted weight yarn in at least 2 colors.
  • Crochet hook size H (5mm)
  • Tapestry needle

Stitches Used:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain(s)
  • sc – single crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – triple crochet
  • fphdc – front post half double crochet
  • fpdc – frost post double crochet
  • fptr – front post triple corchet
  • fpdtr – front post double triple crochet

Link to front post stitches : http://www.redheart.com/how-to/articles/ultimate-guide-crochet-post-stitches


Round 1: With CA ch4, 2dc in 4th ch from nook, ch 2 * 3dc in same ch, ch3 * 3 times. Join with a sl st in top of beg ch4. Finish Off. 12Dc, 4 ch2 sp

Round 2: NOTE: In this rnd you will skip stitches that would correspond with the fpdc. You basically wont be working in the top of any of the dc from the previous round. With CB join in any ch2 sp with a sc, * (fpdc in next st, ch3, sk next st, fpdc in next st), sc in ch2 sp * 3 times then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. Finish Off. 8Fpdc, 4sc

Round 3: With CA join in any skipped st from rnd 2 the one you skipped when you did the ch3 KEEP THE CH IN THE BACK OF YOUR WORK with a sl st, ch3, 2dc in same st, * (ch1, fpdc in next 2 fpdc from previous rnd you will be skipping the sc from the previous rnd), ch1, 5dc in skipped st from rnd 2 the one you skipped when you did the ch3 KEEP THE CH IN THE BACK OF YOUR WORK , ch1* 3 times then ( ) once more, 2dc in same st you did the beg ch3 in. Join with a sl st in top of beg ch3. 20Dc, 8fpdc, 8ch1 sp

Round 4: Ch3, 2dc in same st as joining, dc in next 2 sts, * (ch1, sk ch1 sp from rnd 3, dc in next 2 should be the fpdc from rnd 3, ch1, sk ch1 sp from rnd 3, dc in next 2 sts), 3 dc in next st, dc in next 2 sts, ch1 * 3 times then ( ) oince more. Join with a sl st to top of beg ch 3. Finish Off. 36Dc, 8 ch1 sps

Round 5: You will NOT be skipping any stitches in this round that would correspond with the fptr With CB join with a sc in a ch1 sp after the 7dc, * sc in next ch1 sp, fptr around BOTH fpdc from rnd 2, sc in next st, sc in next ch1 sp, sc in next 7 sts * 3 times then ( ) once.. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. Finish Off. 44Sc, 4fptr

Round 6: With CA join in same st that you sl st to in rnd 5, ch3, tr in next st, * (2tr, ch1, 2tr in next st, tr in next st, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, hdc in next 2 sts) , dc in next st, tr in next st 3 times then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st in top oc beg ch3. Finish Off. 24Tr, 8dc, 16hdc, 12sc

Round 7: NOTE: There will be 2 fptr worked around the same fptr of round 5. With CB join in any ch1 sp with a sc, 2sc in same sp, * (sc in next 4 sts, fptr around fptr from rnd 5 you will skip the next st which should be the hdc by the dc from rnd 6, hdc in next 5 sts, fptr around fptr from rnd 5 you will skip the next st which should be the hdc by the dc from rnd 6, sc in next 4 sts), 3sc in next ch1 sp 3 times then ( ) once more. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. 8Fptr, 20hdc, 44sc

Round 8: NOTE: You will be skipping stitches that correnspond with the fphdc. The fpdtr is part of the corner – instead of 3sc for the corner you will have a sc, fpdtr, sc. Ch1, sc in same st as joining, sc in next * fpdtr around fptr from rnd 5, sc in same as last sc made, sc in next 5 sts, fphdc around fptr from rnd 7, sc in next 5 sts, fphdc around fptr from rnd 7*, sc in next 5 sts 4 times, omitting the last sc. Join with a sl st to 1st sc. Finish Off. 68 sc, 8fphdc, 4fpdtr

Round 9: With CA join in any fpdtr with a sl st, ch2, 2hdc in same as joining, * sc in next 19 sts, 3hdc in next st * 3 times, hdc in next 19 sts. Join with a sl st to top of beg ch2. Finish Off. 76Sc, 12hdc