It's A Little Complicated

Updated: 6 days ago

Hello Everyone!

It’s another crochet post today, and we’re venturing deeper into the quagmire of standard stitches in the world of crochet. The stitches I’m going to teach you today require a previous row or round. So, either DC or TR in a foundation chain or if you’re already working on a pattern, make sure you’ve done a few rounds or rows, so you know what’s up.

Today’s stitches are the Front Post Double Crochet and the Back Post Double Crochet. Now, it doesn’t always have to be a DC, it can also be a TR or HDC, but the DC is the standard for many patterns. So, let’s take a look at how to make this stitch!

Time To Do The Front Post Double Crochet

Now, what is this stitch? The Front-Post Double Crochet is used in a lot of complicated designs, like roses, daisies, poinsettias, lace doilies and more advanced granny squares. This one allows the next rows of your design to stand forward, instead of lying flat like the previous rows.

It allows your petals to look and feel like petals, compared to just a flat design. It adds a tactile nature to your crochet and will make your designs pop a lot more. Now, as I said, it’s mostly done with a DC, but you can also use a TR or HDC, or even an SC, but only if your pattern asks for it. All right, so, how do we do it? Well, have your foundation chain ready and create a row of DCs. Are you on your next row? Good, let’s begin.

First, start with a Ch2, that way we can get moving without too much fuss. Now, start off as you would for a DC, so loop the yarn over your hook.

This is where it gets a little tricky. Do you see the arrow in the next picture? That's basically the route your hook should take.

Instead of inserting it into the top of the DC, you need to go under its post. So, insert the hook between the DC you're already on, and the DC you’re working around.

Pull the hook through the gap next to the next DC.

Loop the yarn around your hook.

Bring that yarn back through.

That wasn’t so hard, was it? Now just finish off the DC like usual, and there you have a Front-Post Double Crochet.

Now, the reason why they’re used in patterns is so that they help make the next stitches stand forward.

As I said, it adds texture to your piece, or you can use it to make a separate part of a piece, without having to sew separate pieces of other patterns to make your project.

You could even use it to make corners, for patterns that create boxes or baskets and the like.

Another use for Front-Post Double Crochets are could be for sleeve ends. What I mean is that ribbed ends are where the pattern is closed off at the wrist, especially for a loose pattern, like a peasant’s sleeve or batwing sleeves.

All right, What About The Back-Post Double Crochet?

What do you mean? It’s the same, isn’t it? It’s just this time, you’re working from the back! Here, let me show you.

So, like before, start with a CH2, and loop your yarn over your hook.

Now, work from the back. So, flip your work, so that you’re facing it upside down. All you need to do now is repeat the Front-Post Double Crochet.

Insert your hook in the gap between the previous DC and the one you’re working on.

Bring it through the gap between the DC you’re working on and the next one.

Loop the yarn over your hook, and bring it through, back to the start.

Then, finish it off, like you would a DC, and there you have it! A Back-Post Double Crochet.

These can be used in a similar way, as the Front-Post Double Crochet, so they can be used to add a tactile texture for your pattern.

They can also be used to make corners for boxy patterns, like baskets and other similar patterns.

You can also use them in making sleeve ends as well. It’s up to the pattern or the person who made the pattern which version they’d want to use.

However, the most common use for a Back-Post Double Crochet is in flower patterns, particularly roses.

Abbreviation Time!

All right, so here comes the abbreviation, if you haven’t guessed already. So, the abbreviation for Front-Post Double Crochet is…


Can you guys guess what Back-Post Double Crochet would be? Yes, you’re right! It’s…


Easy to remember right, well, there’s actually another similar abbreviation that you shouldn’t get mixed up with, but I’ll tell you guys about that later.

Try This!

Ok, so now you know how to make both the Front-Post and Back-Post Double Crochets, why not try out this pattern.

RND 1: Ch 4 and join ends, to form a ring, with an Sl St.

RND 2: Ch 1, SC 8 times in the ring and join to Ch1 with an Sl St.

RND 3: Ch 1, SC in the first SC of the previous RND. (Ch 4, skip next SC, SC in the next SC) repeat 3 times. Ch 4, skip next SC, Sl St in first SC.

RND 4: Ch 1, SC in first Ch4 space, (HDC, DC 3 times, HDC, SC) in the same Ch4 space. (SC, HDC, DC 3 times, HDC, SC) in each Ch4 space. Sl St in first SC.

RND 5: Ch 1, BPDC in the first SC of RND 3, (Ch 6. BPDC in next SC of RND 3), repeat 3 times. Ch 6 and Sl St in first BPDC.

RND 6: Ch 1, SC in first Ch6 space (HDC, DC 5 times, HDC, SC) in the same Ch6 space. (SC, HDC, DC 5 times, HDC, SC) in each Ch6 space. Sl St in first SC. Fasten off.

You should end up with something like this:

Congratulations! You made your first rose! Was that easy or what! Ok, so I know it will be a little complicated for some of you, but if you keep practising, you’ll definitely get the hang of it.

So, now it’s your turn. Show me your roses and try out making your own patterns using the FPDC and the BPDC. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a Double Crochet all the time, sometimes, FPDC can be FPSC or FPTR, and similarly, BPDC can be BPSC or BPTR, depending on the size of the project, and the yarn you’re using. So, try it out. See what you end up with when you switch the stitches.