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How to Front Post Double Crochet (And More About Crochet Post Stitches)

Once you have learned how to work basic crochet stitches, there are so many different things that you can do with them. For example, you can learn how to crochet in the front loop or back loop of a stitch, rather than working through both stitches. And, if you want to really change up the texture of a piece, you can also learn how to crochet post stitches. In other words, you crochet around the stitch from the row below rather than working into the top of the stitch. Front post double crochet is one of the most popular choices for post stitches.

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What Are Crochet Post Stitches?

As aforementioned, crochet post stitches are worked around the stitch from the row below. Usually, you work into the loops at the top of the stitch, right? Or sometimes you crochet into spaces. However, you can also crochet around the stitch from the row below.

Front post double crochet is popular because the double crochet stitch is tall enough to easily find and work around the stitch. You can work single crochet post stitches, too, but it’s harder to figure out exactly where to insert the hook. The height of the double crochet makes it much easier.

Front and Back Post Stitches

Just like you can work into the front loop or back loop of the top of stitch, you can work front or back post stitches. The difference is in where and how you insert the hook.

In front post crochet stitches, you’ll insert the hook from the front of the stitch to the back and then back to the front. In contrast, back post stitches require inserting the hook from the back to the front of the post first, then going back to the back of the post. The videos below will make all of this clearer.

How to Create Texture With Crochet Post Stitches

Post stitches add texture to your work by pushing the stitch either forward or backward. Alternating front and back post stitches is a great way to create crochet ribbing. This can be used to get the right fit on hat brims or glove cuffs, for example.

You can also use a combination of front and back post stitches in groupings to do basketweave crochet. Moreover, crochet cables are usually made with post stitches. Therefore, learning these techniques opens up a lot of opportunities for you to turn basic crochet stitches into something special.

How to Front Post Double Crochet

Front post double crochet is easier than you might think. All that you’re doing is working a regular double crochet stitch. However, you’re working it around the post of the stitch below it. The post is the vertical body of the stitch.

For front post double crochet, abbreviated FPDC, you will:

  • Yarn over.
  • Insert the hook from the front of the work to the back. Then you’ll bring it back through to the front on the other side of the stitch.
  • Then you’ll complete your double crochet stitch.

Here’s the video instruction:

How to Back Post Double Crochet

Oftentimes, if you’re working front post double crochet, then you’re also going to want to learn back post double crochet. As aforementioned, you can combine the two to create ribbing, basketweave, and other textures. Here’s how to back post double crochet:

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