I’m here with another stitch tutorial today, the Front Post Double Crochet, or fpdc!
Post stitches are used to create a variety of patterns and textures in crochet, like cables, ribbing or more decorative raised patterns. They are worked around the post of the stitch from the previous row, as opposed to the normal method of working through the top ‘V’ of the stitch.
There are both front and back post stitches for all the basics: single crochet, double crochet, etc. But today, I will be showing you the more common Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc).
Update May 15, 2020: a video tutorial for this stitch has been added below the photo tutorial and is also available on my YouTube channel. For the written version, keep reading below.
Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial
“Front” post indicates from which side of the fabric you should insert your hook around the post, which in this case means inserting it from front to back. For the FPdc, you will work a double crochet by inserting your hook from the front of your fabric, around the back of the post of the indicated stitch from the previous row, then back out the front of your fabric. This will push the stitch forward, or to the front of your fabric.
Yarn over (yo), and insert your hook in the space just before the post of the indicated stitch, from the front of your fabric to the back.
Work your hook around the back of the post of the indicated stitch then out through the front of your fabric on the other side of the post.
Begin double crochet: yo, pull up your loop by going back the way you came with your hook: pull loop from the front of the fabric to the back, around the back of the post of the indicated stitch, and out through the front of your fabric just before your post stitch.
Complete double crochet as normal from here: yo, pull through two, yo, pull through two
If you want to see this stitch in action, I’ve recorded a video tutorial for you as well!
Now that you have mastered the Front Post Double Crochet, you are ready to start having fun with texture! Working a top down hat? use this to create ribbing for your brim! Want to make a textured pillow? Try the Alpine Stitch, which uses single crochet, double crochet and the front post double crochet to make a lovely raised texture that you’ll want to keep rubbing your hand over. Feeling really adventurous? Start playing with cabling! The possibilities are endless! And now that you know how to front post double crochet, you can apply the same technique to other basic stitches, like half double, or treble crochet for even more texture fun!
I’ll be releasing one more stitch tutorial and then you’ll have everything you need to know to make my upcoming Alpine Dreams Beanie pattern, so stay tuned! Update: the Alpine Dreams Beanie can now be found here.
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