Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Instructions

Back post double crochet (BPdc crochet) is like any other type of post stitch. It’s used to create patterns in relief, so they require you to push stitches to the back or front of the piece in order to create great texture. This wonderful technique can be used to add beautiful dimension and texture to your crocheted hats, mittens, sweaters, headbands and so much more.

Yarn over, insert hook from back to front to back around post of stitch to be worked, yarn over and pull up loop [yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
Learn how to do the back post double crochet (BPdc) stitch with this amazing guide from Interweave!

Video shows how to make post stitches, such as the back post double crochet method:

If you think the back post double crochet stitch is a bit too complex for your skillset, you’ll appreciate the easy steps outlined in our back post double crochet stitch video. Expert crocheter Kim Werker will show you how to pick up and work around the back post in double crochet. Bookmark this page so you can reference it easily as you practice your BPdc crochet techniques!

Working around the front or the back of a post of the previous row gives an interesting raised ridge on the crochet fabric. Around-the-post double crochet is worked by inserting the hook from the front or back and around the post of the double crochet of the previous row. While this technique is commonly worked in double crochet, the same methods can apply to single or treble crochet.

You can also find instructions in Interweave’s crochet glossary for similar techniques including:

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