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 the front. In bpdc, you insert the hook from the back. When doing a bpdc, just fold and hold your work to keep it out of your 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
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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 the 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
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Ear warmer worked using Front post double crochet Stitches


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

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7 Comments

  1. March 28, 2011 / 6:20 pm

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

  2. April 5, 2011 / 3:17 am

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

  3. April 5, 2011 / 4:30 am

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

  4. February 24, 2017 / 12:38 pm

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

  5. narveline
    January 25, 2019 / 2:43 pm

    buzz buzz
    Hi , I like the flowers, i would like to learn how to make those. maybe a tutorial would be nice.

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