How to do the Front and Back Post Double Crochet Stitches

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Front and Back Post Double Crochet stitches are a fabulous crochet stitch technique to have in your crochet tool box. They add texture to your fabric and are used to create crochet cables. If you can do simple double crochet stitches then you can do front and back post double crochet stitches as it just takes a small chage to turn that regular double crochet stitch into a front post or back post double crochet stitches. Today I’ll show you how to to front post double crochet stitches (FPDC) and back post double crochet (BPDC) stitches in this tutorial.

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You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet.

Check out my How to Crochet the Front and Back Post Double Crochet Stitch video tutorial here:

Abbreviations:

  • CH = Chain
  • BPDC = Back Post Double Crochet
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • FPDC = Front Post Double Crochet
  • ST(s) = Stitch(es)
  • YO = Yarn Over

Notes:

  • CH 3s at the beginning of row count as a DC ST

How to Crochet the Front Post Double Crochet Stitch

Step One: Work a row of double crochet stitches. For my sample here, I did a chain of 12. DC in the 4th CH from the hook and each CH across. I have 10 DC stitches.

foundation row of stitches to work front and back post double crochet stitches into.

Step Two: CH 3 and turn. DC in the 2nd ST. YO and insert hook from front to back between the posts of the second and third DC sts of the row below, and then out the other side of the post stitch from back to front.

one row of double crochet stitches

Step Three: YO and pull up a loop around the post st. You should have three loops on your hook.

step 3 from this front and back post stitch tutorial

Step Four: YO and pull through the first two loops on your hook. YO and pull through the two remaining loops on your hook. FPDC complete.

Completed front post double crochet stitch in blue

Below I’ve done a second front post double crochet (FPDC) stitch in green to help it stand out better.

completed front post double crochet stitch

When you are working the next post stitch, make sure to skip the head of the stitch in the back before moving onto the next stitch. In the picture below, you can see that I have skipped the head of the stitch that I worked the post stitch around and then a double crochet in the next stitch. Now we’ll move on to do the back post double crochet stitch.

skipped stitch behind the post stitch

How to Crochet the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch

Step One: If you are starting with back post double crochet stitches, work a row of double crochet stitches. I’m working with the same sample I was before but I am doing these stitches in green to help make them stand out better.

Step Two: Insert hook from back to front between the posts of the second and third DC sts of the row below, and then out the other side of the post stitch from front to back.

step one of the back post double crochet stitche
Step 2 of the BPDC

Step Three: YO and pull up a loop around the post st. You should have three loops on your hook.

step 3 of the BPDC

Step Four: YO and pull through the first two loops on your hook. YO and pull through the two remaining loops on your hook. BPDC complete.

back post double crochet completed

In the picture below, you see (from right to left) 1 front post double crochet, a double crochet stitch, followed by two back post double crochet stitches in the green.

completed front and back post double crochet stitches

That’s it! Isn’t that’s so simple? Want to try some projects to practice using the FPDC and BPDC stitches? Check out some free crochet patterns here:

Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

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