Front post stitches are very handy to know. There are lots of combination stitches that use them like The Waffle Stitch. They can look a little daunting at first, but I promise you’ll be making them like a pro in no time! They are one of my favorite things to add to a pattern to give it some texture. How are they different from regular crochets stitches? It’s all about where you place your hook! So, let’s get into How To Make Front Post Crochet Stitches.
What is the front post crochet?
I’ll take the front post double crochet, (The abbreviation for this is fpdc.) as an example. I’m using American crochet terms. With a regular double crochet, you put the stitch into the top of the previous stitch. With a front post double crochet, you insert your hook behind the post of the stitch to pull up a loop. Then you work your dc as normal.
front post double crochet tutorial
Yo, insert your hook to the right of the stitch you want to work around. (the left side for left handed people)
Push through so that your hook is behind the post of the stitch from the previous row. The post will be pushed forward and your hook visible on either side.
Yo, pull the loop around the st, you should have 3 loops on the hook, Yo, pull through 2 loops, Yo, pull through the last 2 loop.
This is the back of the front post double crochet. I made front post double crochets in 12 stitches in the middle of the work so you can see the difference.
Tip: Make sure you skip the top stitch that’s leftover if you’re doing regular stitches next to them. You can easily throw off your stitch count if you don’t.
I used the front double crochet as an example because the post is longer. This makes it so you can see how it works more easily. But principle is the same for any front post stitch. You work around the post coming from the front of the work. Then you work around the post of the stitch instead of in the top of the stitch.
Front post stitches tend to be a little shorter than the normal stitch. So, you may want to reduce the chain ups that you do in the beginning of your row or round. I.e. instead of chaining 3 for a double crochet you chain 2. But obviously play around with and see what you want you like the look of best.
If you’re interested in back post stitches, then check out my tutorial on those right here: Coming soon!
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