Watch how to crochet the fleur de lys stitch (video and written instructions)

The fleur de lys, a beautiful French symbol which stylises the lily, is center stage in this special crochet stitch.
The fleur de lys stitch makes lovely blankets, afghans and throws and would be gorgeous for a baby blanket. It looks best with two colors alternating, to bring out the details of the pattern. It's an intermediate level stitch using back post double crochet but, once you've got the hang of that, this pattern is not difficult to create.
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Watch the fleur de lys stitch video tutorial:
Materials
You can use any yarn for this project, but as usual with an intricate stitch, avoid picking too chunky a yarn as it will make the final result look clumsy. A fingering weight or DK yarn would be ideal. Check the manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.
Abbreviations
* repeat from here as required
ch chain
BPdc back post double crochet
dc double crochet
rep repeat
sk skip
st(s) stitch(es)
yo yarn over
Special stitches involved in this pattern
This pattern uses back post double crochet (BPdc), used to create texture by making a bump on the right side of the crocheted fabric by working around the post of the stitch from the row below. To form a BPdc, yo, insert hook into hole next to st from front to back. Push hook behind st and through hole on other side of st. Yo and draw through a loop, bringing it through both sides of the fabric (3 loops on hook). Yo and draw through 2 loops on hook (2 loops remaining on hook). Yo and draw through remaining 2 loops on hook.
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Written pattern
Create a foundation ch in multiples of 6, plus 1.
Row 1: with 1st color, dc in 3rd ch from the hook, *sk 2 sts and sc into next. Ch 1, sk 2 sts. 3 dc into same stitch, ch 1. *Rep along row. 2 dc into last stitch. Do not turn, change to 2nd color.
Row 2: with 2nd color, still on right side of project, *ch 2 and BPdc into next dc, dc into following sc, then BPdc into next dc. Ch 2 and sc into center dc. *Rep along row, ending with sc. Change to 1st color.
Row 3: ch 3, turn your work. Dc into 1st sc, *ch 1 and sc into dc from last row, ch 1 and dc 3 into next sc. *Rep along row. 2dc into last sc of row. Do not turn, change to 2nd color.
Row 4: ch 1 and sc into top of beginning ch 3 from last row, *ch 2 and BPdc into next dc, dc into next sc, then BPdc into next dc. Ch 2 and sc into the center dc. *Rep along row, ending with sc. Change to 1st color.
Repeat rows 3-4 until project reaches your desired length.
Resources

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