So you’re ready to venture out of your comfort zone of chain (ch), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) stitches. And you’re ready to try new designs that have more texture to them, or maybe you’re ready to try your hook at cables. If so, then the front post double crochet (fpdc) is the next stitch you need to add to your “crochet toolbox”.
The fpdc that is the most commonly used post stitch out there and (in my opinion) it’s the one you should learn first. Once you have mastered the fpdc, all of the other post stitches will be a piece of cake! 😀
Let’s begin with a few stitch abbreviations and the written instructions to work a fpdc!
- ch(s): chain(s)
- dc: double crochet
- hdc: half double crochet
- fpdc: front post double crochet
- yo: yarn over
- st(s): stitch(es)
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru 2 loops on your hook, yo, pull thru remaining two loops on your hook.
Photo Above: With your hook, ch 14, working into the back humps of the foundation chain, dc into the 3rd ch from your hook, dc in each ch across. (12 dc)
Photo Above: Ch 1, turn, hdc into the same st as the ch 1… Now, see the pink arrow? It’s pointing to the “post” of the next stitch. Instead of being worked into the top loops of a stitch like the double crochet, the front post double crochet is worked around the vertical “post” of the stitch.
Photo Above: Yo, insert your hook from front to back to front around the post of the next st, yo…
Photo Above: Pull up a loop, yo…
Photo Above: Pull thru the first 2 loops on your hook, yo…
Photo Above: Pull thru the remaining 2 loops on your hook. 1 fpdc complete!
Photo Above: Now practice by working a fpdc around the post of the next 9 sts, then end with a hdc in the last st. *Remember, if you need to see it in action, simply scroll back up and click to watch the quick video tutorial.
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