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Post stitches can sometimes intimidate a less experienced crocheter yet I can tell they are really quite simple to learn. Once you have mastered them there are all kinds of combinations you can use with them to form some wonderful patterns.

The hook is basically inserted around the post instead of in the top of the stitch. Usually it is worked with a double or treble but it can also be worked with other stitches.

If you have not mastered the double crochet I would suggest you learn that stitch first. ( Double Crochet) Then come back to this tutorial and learn how to perform a post stitch.

Just for review – there are five places you can place a stitch and they are diagramed in the the picture below.

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Now that you have seen the picture, let’s get our yarn and hook and learn to work the front and back post double crochet.

Let’s start by crocheting 23 double crochets to use as a foundation row.

Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial (abbreviation: fpdc)

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Step 1: chain 2 (pictured above)

Note: A double crochet post stitch is shorter than a normal double crochet stitch. Because of this you will need to make the turning chain shorter then for a normal double crochet. Instead of the usual chain 3, you will use a chain 2.

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Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook from front to back around the post (pictured above)

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Step 3: Yarn over (pictured above)

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and work a double crochet. (pictured above)

You have just completed your first Front Post Double Crochet.

Back Post Double Crochet Tutorial (bpdc)

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Step 1: chain 2 (pictured above)

Note: Remember, that a double crochet post stitch is shorter than a normal double crochet stitch. Because of this you will need to make the turning chain shorter then for a normal double crochet. Instead of the usual chain 3, you will use a chain 2.

 

 

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(front view)

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(back view)

Step 2: Yarn over, insert hook from back to front around the post (Pictures above)

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Step 3: Yarn over (picture above)

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and work a double crochet.

You will have a week to practice this stitch, because in three weeks I will be doing a tutorial on a pattern using both the front and back post double crochet. It is a favorite pattern of many called the basket weave so spend this week practicing if its new to you.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.