Front post double crochet stitches also known as the fpdc crochet stitch and back post double crochet stitches (bpdc) are great stitches to learn to add a cabled look to crochet projects. This technique is easy to learn, plus opens the doors to crocheting all different kinds of projects with amazing cables, texture, and interest.
Although these are two different post stitches, they are both worked similarly. I will explain them to you in detail below with a photo tutorial as well as with a written explanation.
As for the stitches, you will need to know how to double crochet (dc) to complete this tutorial. Since this is a basic crochet stitch, an advanced beginner would be able to complete these post stitches no problem. You may also want to take a look at the waffle stitch, which uses post stitches to try your hand at a new stitch too.
I used a size I 5.5 mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn (or four weight yarn) for my example, but any yarn or hook will work! Make sure to check the yarn label to see what crochet hook size is appropriate. Read on down to get started.
Around The Post Stitches in Crochet
Skill Level: Easy
- Yarn (a four weight yarn was used in this example)
- A crochet hook that corresponds to the yarn (an I-9 (5.5 mm) crochet hook was used in this example)
- Work a row of dcs. I did thirteen for this example.
How to Do a Front Post Stitch in Crochet (fpdc)
- After you have worked your first row of dcs chain 3 and turn your work.
- Yarn over
- From the front of your work, insert hook front to back to front again around the post of the next stitch, pushing the post forwards towards you
- Yarn over
- Pull the yarn back through the post, so three loops are on the hook
- Finish like a normal dc stitch. (yarn over and draw through two loops twice)
- You have completed a double crochet front post stitch!
How to Make a Back Post Stitch in Crochet (bpdc)
- This is similar to the front post but you begin from the back of your work, insert hook back to front to back again around the post of the next stitch, pushing the post away from yourself.
- Yarn over
- Pull the yarn back through the post so 3 loops are on the hook and finish like a normal dc.
How to Make a Cabled Crochet Look
- Work a standard row of dcs, chain 3 + turn. Repeat 1 dc and 1 front post stitch across until the end of the row. Chain 3 and turn.
- Repeat 1 dc, 1 back post stitch across until the end of the row. Make sure to alternate front and back post stitches every row to achieve the cabled look.
If you have any questions about Around The Post Stitches in Crochet please feel free to ask!
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