Crocheted Post Stitches

by admin on February 5, 2012

Post stitches are regular stitches worked around the post of the indicated stitch.

A post?  When you make a double crochet stitch it looks like a little fence post.

When a pattern calls for you to work a stitch around the post you insert your hook around the stitch instead of through it.

The most common post stitches are the front and back post double crochet stitches:

FPDC is the abbreviation for FRONT POST DOUBLE CROCHET
Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

BPDC is the abbreviation for BACK POST DOUBLE CROCHET
Yarn over, insert hook from the back side of the work right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

If the pattern calls for a front post stitch you insert your hook from front of the piece around the post of the stitch.
Watch this video demonstration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNZ3hICSk-c

If it calls for a back post stitch you insert your hook from the back around the post of the stitch.
Watch this video demonstration:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGdN73BirDY

Post stitches can be made using any of the basic stitches but the longer crochet stitches are easier to work with.

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