Post double crochet stitches are very helpful when you are crocheting ribbings for hats and scarves or creating textured crochet items. Luckily, they are not as difficult as you might think. So, learn how to crochet both types of double crochet post stitch with this step-by-step tutorial for beginners. I shall explain what it is, where posts are located, abbreviations, symbols, etc. If you have learnt the regular double crochet, it i a great time to learn it. So, let’s get started!
What is the post-double crochet?
Double crochet stitch has a bottom part that kind of looks like a column, which is called the post of double crochet. In post double crochet, after yarning over, we insert the hook in posts of this stitch in two ways. i.e. front and back posts.
While regular double crochet is done under the top V-loops.
In the case of the front post, we shall insert the hook in the right side of the post, pass it through behind and bring the hook out from the right side. In the back post, you will insert the hook from the back side from the right side of the post, pass it from the front side, insert the hook on the left side of the post, and then complete the double crochet. If you are left-handed, you can reverse the directions!
Details for the Post Double Crochet Stitches
There are two types of post double crochet stitches: front and back post double crochet stitches. In this section, I shall explain various aspects of this stitch if you are unfamiliar with them, like abbreviations and symbols.
Each post stitch for double crochet has its own abbreviation. By the way, the abbreviation used for the post-stitch double crochet is “Pdc.”
Front Post Double Crochet = FPdc
Back Post Double Crochet = BPdc
For the FPdc, the chart symbol includes a double crochet symbol with a C facing the opposite direction and attached to its base tip.
But in the case of BPdc, the C faces in the right direction as we write it.
How to Front Post and Back Post Double Crochet | Step-by-Step Instructions
In this section, you will learn the proper way to crochet the front post and back post double crochet stitches:
Techniques to Know:
Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC)
- Make a slip knot and chains, and make the first row using regular double crochet stitches. Yarn over your hook.
- Instead of inserting your hook under or into the top loops of the stitch as you would normally do, insert it from the front to the back and then to the front again around the post of the stitch in the previous row.
- Yarn over and pull through the stitch, thus creating three loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, leaving you with two loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops, completing the FPDC stitch.
Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC)
- Yarn over your hook.
- Now, insert your hook from the back to the front and then back again around the post of the stitch in the previous row, coming in from behind the stitch. (The opposite direction of FPDC).
- Yarn over and pull through the stitch, which leaves you with three loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through the first two loops, leaving two loops on your hook.
- Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops, completing the BPDC stitch.