FDC and Beg-EDC for DJC: Cookie’s Last Dance

Dear Readers: This is a tutorial I have prepared to accompany the pattern DJC: Cookie’s Last Dance.  Although the techniques here are meant to be used in the context of this filet crochet project, the FDC and Beg-EDC may be generalized.

Special Techniques For DJC: Cookie’s Last Dance

Being a bit obsessive/compulsive about certain design details, I used two special techniques in my Cookie Filet projects, the foundation double crochet (FDC) and the beginning extended double crochet (Beg-EDC).  They are not critical to the design; they are worth the effort to learn and utilize because they create a bottom edge and side edges respectively that are balanced in “weight” and appearance, and are as elastic and stretchy as the rest of the fabric so they don’t pull in or pucker when worn.

Foundation Double Crochet (FDC)

The foundation is the same as Row 1 of the filet chart, and is a row of solid blocks so the stitch count equals the number of blocks times 3 stitches, plus the edge stitch. FDC is a narrow strip, and as you crochet it, the strip tends to hang vertically (up and down). Running along the hook edge of the strip is a row of what resembles double crochet, with the usual top loops and stems; running along the other edge is what resembles a row of chains. Each FDC is worked into the “chain” at the bottom of the previous stitch, forming a new “chain” and “dc”.

1) To begin the foundation, ch 4.FDC 1

2) Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, through the front face (into what looks like a heart) and the nub at the back, under 2 strands.FDC 2

3) Yarn over and draw up a loop, with 2 loops now on hook.FDC 3

4) Insert hook in 4th chain from hook (last chain).FDC 4

5) Yarn over and draw up a loop, with 3 loops now on hook.FDC 5

6) Yarn over and draw through one loop on hook.  This action is the same as making ch 1.FDC 6

7) Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook.FDC 7

8) Yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook; first FDC complete.FDC 8

9) See the “chain” at the base of the first FDC; that’s the place where you will insert hook for the next FDC.FDC 9

10) Yarn over, then insert hook in “chain” at base of the first FDC, through the front face and under the nub at the back of the chain, leaving 2 strands running along the chain edge of the strip.FDC 10

11) Yarn over and draw up a loop, with 3 loops now on hook.FDC 11

12) Yarn over and draw through one loop on hook, making the “chain”.FDC 12

13) Keep your eye on that chain just made.FDC 13

14) Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook.FDC 14

15) Yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook, 2nd FDC complete.FDC 15

As the foundation strip grows longer it will be easier to read the stitches and edges.FDC 16FDC 17FDC 18FDC 19FDC Strip

To start working on the foundation, turn it over so the back side of the foundation is facing and it is stretched out horizontally, with the loop on hook in the correct position to begin a row of crochet, now working across the top loops of the dc edge of the foundation.FDC turned

Extended Double Crochet (EDC)

The extended double crochet is a slightly taller cousin of normal double crochet.  I like to use it wherever I want that extra height, and it works well here in filet land to make squarer blocks where the block height more closely matches the appearance and weight of the block width. Making EDC is just like making FDC, except that the “chain” is not worked, but left there to create a boost to the stitch.

EDC: Yarn over, insert hook in next stitch or space indicated, yarn over and draw up a loop (3 loops now on hook), yarn over and draw through one loop on hook, [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook] twice.

Beginning Extended Double Crochet (Beg-EDC)

Because EDC is between the height of normal double crochet and normal triple crochet, I can never get the turning chain for a row of EDC right; chain 3 is always too tight, chain 4 looks too rangy and leaves too much space before the following stitches.  I like the look and the weight of this beginning extended double crochet, which is a real stitch linked to a turning chain 3.  Another benefit is that this real stitch, with a real stem and top loops, is easier to find and to work when you return to it at the end of the following row.

1) At the beginning of a row, ch 3.Beg-EDC 1

2) Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook (the middle chain).Beg-EDC 2

3) Yarn over and draw up a loop, with 2 loops now on hook.Beg-EDC 3

4) Insert hook in top loops of first EDC.Beg-EDC 4

5) Yarn over and draw up a loop, with 3 loops now on hook.Beg-EDC 5

6) Yarn over and draw through one loop on hook.Beg-EDC 6

7) Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook.Beg-EDC 7

8) Yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook to complete the beginning EDC.Beg-EDC 8

For the purposes of this filet design, the Beg-EDC becomes the edge stitch for the chart.  Here’s what the start of chart row 2 looks like: the edge stitch, then a filled block of [2 EDC fill, EDC grid wall].Row 2 first block

Here’s the second bit of the chart, an empty block of [ch 2, skip the next 2 stitches or chains, EDC for grid wall in next EDC].Row 2 second block

And so on to the end of Row 2.Row 2 end

Turn, begin Row 3 with Beg-EDC in the first EDC, then make the first filled block.Row 3 first block

And here’s the end of Row 3, ready to make the last filled block.Row 3 last block

One thought on “FDC and Beg-EDC for DJC: Cookie’s Last Dance

  1. Pingback: Filet Scarf and Stole: Cookie’s Last Dance | Doris Chan: Everyday Crochet

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