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.
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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.
You may also want to check out my tutorial on the BPdc-back post double crochet.
Any yarn and matching hook. I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn and 5mm US size H/8 hook for this tutorial.
Ch 3 counts as a stitch, I highly recommend using a ch 3 alternative, here’s my favorite.
FPdc-front post double crochet
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.
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.
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:
- Any weight yarn, I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.
- A crochet hook to match your yarn, I'm using a 5mm US size H/8 hook for this tutorial.
- First yarn over, as you would for a regular double crochet stitch.
- Insert your hook in between the posts of the stitch you are on and the stitch you will work your FPDC stitch into.
- Yarn over and pull the yarn behind and around the post and up. You will have 3 loops on your hook.
- 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 the remaining two loops on your hook.