Post-Haste Cloth

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Don’t you love the scenes in the village post office in the Downton Abbey television series?  The attention to detail is, as in all of the sets, remarkable.  I also love  Lady Rose’s long sweater and the coordinating scarf and hat!  Is the sweater woven or is it knitted fairisle?

Day 26 Post-Haste Cloth

The 2 stitches I’ve chosen for this week’s rows in the Tea With Lady Grantham Shawl will be more Post Stitches.  These back post and front post double crochet stitches are a wonderful way to add texture to crocheted items, and today’s work is no exception.  The second pattern will only be a little different from the first–but the difference in appearance is amazing!

If you want to practice making the stitches before you work on the shawl, here is a cloth I made using Bernat Handicrafter worsted weight cotton and a 6mm hook.  NOTE: for the Finishing Round, use a 5.5mm hook.

Chain 23

Row 1: dc in 4th chain from hook and each ch to the end of the row. [21 dc–beginning ch 3 DOES count as a dc]

Row 2:  ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *fpdc, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 3:  ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *bpdc, fpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3 rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 4:   ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *fpdc, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 5:  ch3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row fpcd; *ch1, skip 1 st, bpdc; ch1, skip 1 st, fpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.  [NOTE: some of the stitches will be fp over bp, some will be fp over fp, etc–that’s the way it is supposed to be for this “set-up” row.   You should have 5 fpdc and 5 bpdc, and a dc at each end]

Row 6:  ch3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row bpdc *ch1, skip 1 st, fpdc; ch1, skip 1 st, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.  [NOTE: now the stitches will be fp over bp and bp over fp. You should still have 5 fpdc and 5 bpdc, and a dc at each end]

Row 7:  ch3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row fpcd; *ch1, skip 1 st, bpdc; ch1, skip 1 st, fpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 8:  ch3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row bpdc *ch1, skip 1 st, fpdc; ch1, skip 1 st, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 9:  ch3; then starting in 2nd stitch of previous row bpdc; *dc in ch1 space, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.  [you will have 10 bpdc and 11 dc in this row, counting the ch3 as a dc]

Row 10:   ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *fpdc, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 11:   ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *bpdc, fpdc* to the last stitch, dc in 3 rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Row 12:   ch 3; then, starting in 2nd stitch of previous row *fpdc, bpdc* to the last stitch, dc in3rd ch at beginning of previous row.

Finishing Round with 5.5mm hook:  To finish the cloth, make a row of single crochet around the edges: ch1, and work 2sc in the end of each row along the side of the cloth; on the corner after you make the 2 sc, ch1 then 1sc in each beginning ch to the corner; ch1, work 2 sc in the end of each row along the second side of the cloth; at the corner ch 1, then work 1sc in each stitch along the last row of the cloth. join to the ch 1 at the beginning of this finishing round.  Fasten off and weave in ends.  NOTE:  if you want a firmer edge, work an extra row of sc all around the cloth–but make an extra sc, ch1, sc at each corner to keep them flat.

Copyright Note: the Downton Abbey tv set photos are not my copyright; they were found on the internet but clearly Copyright is held by the TV studio, Carnival Film & Television Ltd.  I am using them only demonstrate fashion and social norms of the era. 

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