How to Use Crochet Post Stitches to Create Color and Texture

You know that crochet post stitches are essential for creating crochet cables, but did you know they can also create color and texture in your crochet? Front post crochet stitches make stitches pop forward on your crochet fabric, while back post stitches make the stitch appear at the back of the fabric. The Poised Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018 uses front post treble crochet stitches worked around the post of stitches 2 rows below to create an intriguing combination of color and texture. Check out how it’s done!

Important Stitches

To create this visual pattern, you need to know 3 crochet stitches: single crochet, double crochet, and front post treble crochet. Worked in a strategic combination, they create the dynamic pattern you see in the Poised Cardigan.

Single Crochet (sc):
Insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, yarn over and draw through both loops on hook.

Double Crochet (dc):
Yarn over, insert hook in stitch, yarn over and pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through 2 loops, yarn over and draw through remaining 2 loops.

Front Post Treble Crochet (FPtr):
Yarn over 2 times, insert hook from front to back to front around post of indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up loop, [yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times.

The Poised Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography

Creating Color and Texture

The key to creating the color and texture in this pattern is working the front post treble crochet around the post of the double crochet stitch 2 rows below. Natasha Robarge, the designer of this cardigan, helped make that easy. All wrong-side rows (rows that don’t have a post stitch worked around them) are single crochet rows. All right-side rows have a combination of double crochet stitches and front post treble crochet stitches that are worked into the double crochet stitches of the previous right-side row (or the stitch 2 rows below).

Here is an example of working a front post treble crochet 2 rows below:

Yarn over 2 times. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Insert hook from front to back to front around post of next dc stitch 2 rows below. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

Yarn over and pull up loop. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

[Yarn over, draw through 2 loops] 3 times. | Photo Credit: Sara Dudek

It’s impressive that it only takes 3 stitches to create this intricate pattern (it’s deceptively easy!). If you’d like to make a larger project using this neat method for creating color and texture, you’ll love making the Poised Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018!

Happy stitching!
Sara

(Featured Image: The Poised Cardigan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018. | Photo Credit: Harper Point Photography)


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