thanks! i got the stitch from a compiled stitch dictionary, so, since the stitches already exist elsewhere and weren't made up in the mind of the editor, i feel safe in sharing it here.
okay, here's the diagram, but it's a bit confusing. each front-post stitch is actually a treble
front-post stitch. i'll explain that below. also, your "return row" is a row of single crochet, and when you get to the next cable row, you reach over the single crochets and down to the trebles below.
okay, first thing's first: front-post treble crochet
: yarn over twice, insert hook from front of work through the back, around the post of desired stitch and back through the front again. yarn over, slip the post off the hook, and pull up even with the row you're working on. yarn over, pull two loops off the hook, yarn over, pull two loops, etc. until only one loop is left on the hook. voila!
alright, the post-and-braid combo takes five stitches in total. you can put it down the center of your work, like i have on my mittens, or repeat the pattern for multiple braids like on a purse or scarf or something. i suggest having a few plain stitches on each end of the row and a few in-between if you are going to do multiple braids.
to start: chain desired length of stitches plus one (turning chain)
row 1: single crochet across, ch 2 (counts as first double-crochet in next row)
row 2: skip first stitch (remember, your turning chain counts as the first stitch), dc across, ch 1.
row 3: don't skip the first stitch in a single crochet row!
sc across (also, sc in the top of your turning chain!), ch 2
row 4: remember, skip that first stitch! dc to the desired place of post/braid pattern. FpTc around the next stitch, reaching down into the double crochets two rows before. then the Braid: skip one stitch, FpTc around the next stitch (blue in the bottom row of the diagram), Fptc in the next stitch (purple), the FPtc over the stitch you skipped, working in front of the two previous fpTc's (green)
. FpTc in next stitch to complete the posts, then dc across the row. ch 1
row 5: sc across, ch 2
row 6: skip first st, dc to post/braid position, FPTc around previous FpTc, the complete the braid (see row 4). you can follow the color charts in the diagram. and as a note; you will need to dig through your previous braid a bit to find the post you're looking for! complete the second post after the braid and dc across.
repeat rows 5 and 6 as needed, finish with a row or two of sc.
this is what the back of your work should look like: see how the singe crochets you skipped stick out the back?
i hope that's understandable. if you have any questions i can try to clarify! i don't know how good of a crochet teacher i am yet!
thanks for the compliments too!