Back post stitches are very handy to know. There are lots of combination stitches that use them and on their own they add a lovely texture to your work. They can look a little daunting at first, but I promise you’ll be making them like a pro in no time! 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 Back Post Crochet Stitches.
What is a back post stitch?
I’ll take the back post double crochet, (The abbreviation for this is bpdc.) 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 back post double crochet, you insert your hook in front of the post of the stitch from behind your work. Then you pull up a loop and work your dc as normal.
Back post double crochet
Yo, take your hook to the back of your work. Insert your hook into the space to the right of the post you want to work around. ( the left side for left handed people)
Put your hook in front of the post from the previous row, and push through to the other side of the post so that the post is pushed back.
Yo, pull the loop around the post of 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 back 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 back post double crochet as an example because the post is longer. This makes it so you can see how it works more easily. But the principle is the same for any back post stitch. You work around the post coming from the back of the work. Then you work around the post of the stitch instead of in the top of the stitch.
Back 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 front post stitches, then check out my tutorial on those right here:
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