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Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial + Video

Front post double crochet stitches are double crochet stitches that are worked around the post of the stitch instead of into the top of the stitch.

In most patterns they are abbreviated as FPDC.  This intermediate crochet technique creates a textured stitch that stands out among the others in your crochet projects.

I have often used front post double crochet stitches in waffle blankets and washcloths.

Front post double crochet in waffle stitch blanket.

The sample photo above includes a combination of front post and back post double crochet to create the waffle effect.

Scroll down for the front post double crochet tutorial below.

Mint swatch of front post double crochet.
Several rows of front post double crochets create a seam like effect.

You may also want to check out my tutorial on the BPdc-back post double crochet.

Materials

Any yarn and matching hook. I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn and 5mm US size H/8 hook for this tutorial.

Stitches/Abbreviations

yo-yarn over

Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.

ch-chain

dc-double crochet

FPdc-front post double crochet 

Hook inserted behind post of stitch.

Written Instructions

To crochet the front post double crochet, abbreviated here as fpdc, yo, insert your hook from the front to the back around the post of the next st, yo pulling the yarn across the post of the st and up on the front, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops.

Practice Swatch

To crochet the front post double crochet (FPdc), you’ll need to start with a row of dc. To crochet a practice swatch follow the pattern below.

Row 1. Ch 12 and dc in the 3rd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn.

From here you’ll be able to practice the FPdc using the written instructions above, or the photo tutorial below. Usually you start with a chain 3 (or dc alternative) to start the row.

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front post double crochet

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube for how to crochet the front post double crochet and you can also see the back post double crochet stitch too.

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Front Post DC Photo Tutorial:

Front post double crochet in waffle stitch blanket.

Front Post Double Crochet Tutorial + Video

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the front post double crochet stitch. This versatile stitch can be used in ribbing, blankets, scarves and so much more.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn, I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.

Tools

  • A crochet hook to match your yarn, I'm using a 5mm US size H/8 hook for this tutorial.

Instructions

    1. First yarn over, as you would for a regular double crochet stitch.Yarn over for front post double crochet.
    2. Insert your hook in between the posts of the stitch you are on and the stitch you will work your FPDC stitch into.Hook behind the post of the double crochet.
    3. Yarn over and pull the yarn behind and around the post and up. You will have 3 loops on your hook.Yarn over again to make a front post double crochet.
    4. Now you will complete a regular double crochet stitch. Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook. You will be left with 2 loops on your hook.Yarn over and pull through to complete double crochet.
    5. Yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on your hook.Yarn over and pull through to complete the front post double crochet.

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Karla Gomez

Friday 23rd of March 2018

Really nice blanket

Christa18

Sunday 25th of March 2018

Thank you! It’s one of my favorite makes!

M Young

Friday 5th of January 2018

Love the color of the yarn!

Christa18

Friday 5th of January 2018

Thanks, me too! This color worked up great as a waffle stitch blanket!

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