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Learn to Crochet: Back Post Double Crochet

I want to crochet a dishcloth.  Actually, I want to crochet several.  I like making dishcloths because I like quick projects.  I also like to have them on hand for gifts.  I currently have 0 dishcloths in my gift stash and I'd like to do something about that.

And: I want to crochet them because of the book, Dishcloths.

Hint: this book is about dishcloths.  Go ahead and judge it based on its cover.

I'm not the kind of person who gets all excited and ridiculous over a washrag you drag over your kitchen countertops, but maybe I'm turning into one.  There are 17 patterns for dishcloths that anyone would be happy to receive as a gift--or that you'd be happy to see sitting in your stack of dishcloths.

Some patterns call for simple stitches like a standard double crochet, and some call for crocheting in the round, and some call for techniques I've never heard of before.  This isn't especially odd since I'm not a very experienced crocheter, but I was really interested in back post crocheting.  I've flipped through some other pattern books and the patterns that called for back post crochet stitches started to jump out at me.  What is this stitch?  How do you do it?  How does it look?  Why does it sound vaguely acrobatic?

 

This set of dishcloths is part of the Dramatic Dishcloths trio.  And that one of the right?  The
Basket Weave dishcloth.  Back post double crochet all over the place.  Click the picture to see it larger.  I really like the look of that.

I checked to see if Leisure Arts had a video tutorial for back post double crochet and, to my relief, they did.  I'm really glad, because I wouldn't have understood how this works if I'd read an explanation (which is included in the back of the book, if you're wondering).  Behold:

Isn't that cool?  I can see why the pattern calls for different colors of yarn.  The checkered look is really interesting and I'm looking forward to trying it out!

In fact, I'm all set.

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