Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How to work around the posts - front and back post stitches

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Crocheting around the posts is an interesting way of adding texture to your crochet work. You can either crochet from front to back which is called a front post stitch or from back to front called the back post stitch. I have used standard American terms in my tutorial. I will show you how to make a front post double crochet (fpdc)

As shown below the vertical part of a stitch is called the post. I have worked a few stitches using the regular double crochet (dc). My next stitch is going to be front post double crochet (fpdc).


Wind the yarn over the hook as you do for the regular dc but instead of inserting the hook into the top of the stitch insert it from front to back into the space between the posts (the post where you worked your last stitch and the post in which you have to work your fpdc), take it behind the post and bring it again to the front as shown below.

Wind yarn over the hook and pull the hook out.


Now finish it as your regular dc.


For working the back post double crochet (bpdc) you have to insert your hook from back to front.

First wind the yarn around the hook, then insert the hook from back to front into the space between 2 posts (post of your last stitch and post of the bpdc stitch that you have to work now),

 take the hook around the post and exit though the next space

wind yarn over the hook and pull the hook out. 

 Then finish your stitch as a regular dc.

Below you can see 3 bpdc stitches worked one after another.

This technique can be used to work single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), or treble crochet (tr). I hope my tutorial was helpful for those of you who are new to this kind of textured stitch because shortly I am going to share with you a free pattern involving working around the posts. So watch out this space for a free textured ____ pattern.

Have a great day!

4 comments:

  1. Wow! The textures are wonderful :) THanks for such a clear tutorial, shall await the pattern eagerly :)

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  2. A really helpful post to so many. I remember how I struggled to get my head around this the first time I had to do it. Thanks for sharing xoxo

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  3. Wow! Best tutorial on post stitches! Thank you, thank you.

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