Wednesday, March 2, 2011

How to work a Front Post or Back Post Double Crochet Stitch

Beginner Crocheters, you don't have to run at the sight of the words front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet ( bpdc). If you can manage a regular double crochet you can work your way through these too. Here is a comparative study that makes it as easy as it gets.

Both fpdc and bpdc can add more texture to your crochet project. These stitches are worked like the regular double crochet except for the fact that you insert the hook in a different way before you pull up a loop. Fpdc is easier to work than a regular double crochet. In fpdc, you insert the hook from front. In bpdc, you insert the hook from back. When doing bpdc, just fold and hold the work to keep it out of the way when you complete the stitch. Below is a step by step pictorial illustration of the two.

Regular Double Crochet

1. Inserting the hook to work a regular double crochet

Working a Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)

1. Insert your hook from front to back through space between the double crochet stitches

2. Bring hook back to front thru next space between double crochet stitches

3. Yarn over, bring up to level of 1st double crochet and complete dc as usual

4. Completed fpdc


Working a Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)

1. Insert hook from back to front thru the space between the dc stitches

2. Insert hook to the back thru the next space between the dc stitches

3. Yarn over, hold the work folded and complete the dc stitch as usual on the back of your work

Ear warmer worked using Front post double crochet Stitches

The ridges on this  headband are formed by front post double crochet stitches


  1. I love the texture fpdc and bpdc brings. I use them alot with hdc as well.

  2. never tried that stitch but I will now...thanks

  3. Is there a pattern for that headband? It is just too cute!

  4. @Kerry, the pattern is under " Patterns for Sale" in my blog, top right of the page.

  5. c' est adorable dommage que je n' ai pas de fille!! j' adore a bientôt biz