Front-Post and Back-Post Double Crochet Stitches

Now that we have covered the foundation stitches, single crochet, half-double, double, and triple crochet stitches, we can move into more complex stitches that build on these stitches.

Front-post and back-post crochet stitches are great for adding texture to a project. The stitches make the project thicker, but not overwhelmingly thick, because the stitches are kind of squishy.

In this example I am going to create front- and back-post double crochet stitches. You can front- and back-post on all stitches, where you have to yarn-over before inserting the hook into the stitch of the previous row. In other words, you cannot front- or back-post with single crochets, chains, slip stitches or any variants similar to these.

I have chained three, to create the first double crochet, then double crocheted in two stitches. At this point, I am going to begin a front-post double crochet. The difference between a front-post and a back-post stitch is only what side of the project the stitch is made on. Front-post stitches are made on the side of the project that faces you while you are crocheting and back-post stitches on the side of the project facing away from you.

With a traditional double crochet, we create the stitch in the heart at the top of the stitch of the previous row, pulling through the front-loop, the back-loop or both loops. Do not confuse the loops with the posts.

To create a front-post stitch we are going to crochet around the stitch of the previous row, this means we are going to insert the hook underneath the stitch and pull the yarn around the stitch. Once you have the yarn looped around the stitch, you make the double crochet as you normally would.

For this project, I chained (ch) three, created two double crochet (dc) stitches, then I created two front-post double crochet stitches (fpdc), 2dc, 2fpdc, 2dc, 2fpdc, 3dc.

To keep the stitches on the same side of the project, you will need to alternate between front-post and back-post stitches. For the pattern, this means that each fpdc will need to be changed to a back-post double crochet (bpdc).

To create a back-post double crochet you will need to insert your hook around the stitch like you did for the front -post, but now you should approach the project from the side of the project facing away from you. Again, how you start this stitch is what makes it unique, otherwise you create the double crochet as normal.

Continuing this pattern will create a project with two very distinct looking sides. The one side of the project will have the raised post-crochets. On the other side you can see where the yarn is wrapped around the stitches. I love the variety of looks that this simple stitch can create. I will show some of them to you in my next post.

Are you a fan of front-post and back-post stitches? What is your favorite project you have made using them? Have any other tips or tricks for explaining front- and back-post stitches? Let’s Talk!

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