Basics of the Diamond Crochet Cowl and fptrc2tog

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Fptrc2tog – it’s a mouthful to say and not exactly a “standard” crochet stitch. What it is, is the foundation for the crochet cabling pattern in the Diamond Crochet Cowl! I’ve had several requests for a video, so without further ado…

I hope this video clears up any confusion about this stitch! It’s the combination of it’s parts – a treble crochet decrease as front post stitches. If you’re overwhelmed, I recommend starting with my videos on post stitches and crochet cabling. (I’ll have a video on treble crochet coming out soon, I hope!) Crochet cables are a lot of fun, and used in all sorts of patterns, including the Diamond Crochet Cowl, Cable Heart Gift Bag, and many more.

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    Lori says

    This is very helpful, thanks! I think I was doing it right, but I had abandoned the project when I got confused. I’ll pick it back up again now that I have this handy tutorial for it.

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    Diane says

    Thank you for both the adorable cowl and the video!!! I was close, but just a little off so my diamonds looked a bit wonky! I do best when I have a tut or video to follow or at least the correct number of stitches at the end of the row. I’m excited about getting back to it now that I know what I am doing. Thank you again!

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      moogly says

      You are very welcome Diane! It’s a tricky stitch for sure, I just wish I’d been able to get the video up faster. 😀

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        DMarkey says

        Mission accomplished! I love the way it looks. The video cleared up my confusion. I made the shorter version first and the longer one will come next.

        As usual, I had to use a larger hook and add more single crochets in the beginning, as I tend to crochet tighter.

        Funny, tho….here it is miserably hot… for what seems like foreverrrrrr, and I am on a cowl jag!

        • 10

          moogly says

          Oh I’m so glad the video worked! I know what you mean about the heat – at least cowls are a lot cooler to work on than blankets!

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    Elaine says

    THANKS VERY MUCH for the video and beautiful pattern! As with many others I was confused on how to start row 3. With your help I’m sure I won’t have any problem in finishing the cowl. Have a great day!! Elaine.

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    I haven’t figured it out yet. I’m using Claret yarn and it is dark and hard to see the stitch I’m supposed to be crocheting into, I will get it yet, just as I have finally figured out the foundation single crochet. I’m just a little slow.

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      moogly says

      I hear you on the dark yarns! I can’t do anything with black yarn after the sun goes down anymore. I’m hoping to get an Ott light for my birthday, but in the meantime I struggle with it too.

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    Sylvia Reimers says

    It has been years since I have done any intricate crocheting and this was going to be my first, so I thank you for the tutorial , it was very in formative.

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    Thank you again for this tutorial, I have to say I have tried this stitch so many times and failed. You made it so easy to follow. 😉

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    Toni says

    i have a quick question looking at the photos the diamond cowl looks as if there is a hood on there? you have the owls sitting in one…thanks

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    Sammy says

    Love it and can’t wait to try!!! If I were to want just the diamonds a different color what do you think would be the easiest way to do so? Carrying a color would have me worrying it’d show through but cutting and weaving ends in would have me tearing my hair out. Any suggestions?

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      moogly says

      Sammy, I’m glad you like it! Doing the diamonds in a different color would look fantastic, but as far as I know, carrying the color along is the only way. To minimize it peeking through, enclose the yarn you are not currently using in each stitch, but hold it towards the back of the cowl as much as you can. Basically it would be like working tapestry crochet. I have a video on that technique if you’re unfamiliar:

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    Jennie Gittens says

    I’m making the Simple Chunky Cable Crochet Slippers, I’m on the left one what do you mean on round 3 when you say dc in next 9 with (3 ) st around beside it. I’m lost here.

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    KellyB says

    THANK YOU for posting videos – especially this one for fptrc2tog. I would have NEVER gotten that on my own. You’re the best! The pattern is so pretty and I cannot wait to try it now!

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      Tamara Kelly says

      There is no hood on this pattern. If you look at the photo, it’s on a standard sized hanger – that’s just a fold in the front of the cowl. :)

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    OMG. Thank you so much for this video tutorial. I don’t think I would ever have figured out this amazingly beautiful cowl without it. Much appreciated!!

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    Hope says

    Good morning my dear
    I really appreciate your effort .. and the time you spend for these Tutorials .. I love you
    I’ve been looking for this stitch and know one helped me even with the name of the stitch
    God bless you

    Saudi Arabia

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    Marrie says

    Um… What is ” fptrc2tog” meaning??? I didn’t watched the video .. just tell me to mount my information abut crochet 😛

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    reva says

    I would love to try this, but I am very unfamiliar with any of the crocheting, so I will need to know how to do this from the very first stitch thank you

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    Amy says

    Hello! I am working this pattern and I am stuck on row 11, which is row 3. My first and last diamond are getting larger, and I am three stitches short at the end of the row. I’ve pullout the pattern 3 time, thinking I dropped a stitch or a diamond, but can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Can you help me? Thanks!

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Amy! I’m afraid I can’t really say where things are going wrong without being there to see your work. Have you watched the video?

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    I would like to make the diamond crochet cowl but I don”t seem to be able to understand the fptrc2tog. I need to see it written down to follow the instructions. Is there a way I could have it so I can print the instructions? Thanks

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      Tamara Kelly says

      A fptrc2tog is worked as follows:
      Yo twice, insert hook around indicated stitch as for a front post stitch, pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (2 loops remain on hook), then yo twice and insert hook around next indicated stitch as for a front post stitch, pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops remain on hook), yo and pull through all 3 loops to finish stitch.


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