A Lesson in Crochet Post Stitches
|The front post double crochet (FPdc) is worked like a regular double crochet, with the exception of where you place the hook. Yarn over, then instead of inserting the hook under the top two loops, slide the hook from front to back to front behind the post of the stitch. This pushes the post of the stitch you are working around to the front. Yarn over and pull up a loop, then yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook two times just as you would for a regular double crochet.|
|To create a back post double crochet (BPdc), yarn over and insert the hook from the back to the front to the back of the post; then complete the stitch as normal. This pushes the post of the stitch you are working into to the back of your work.|
You can work post stitches in single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, or any height stitch you can create.
An example of a pattern that uses post stitches to create both ribbing and cables is the Doris Chan's One for All Family of Mitts (at right) from the Crochet Accessories 2010 issue.
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