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Back Post Double Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch. This crochet stitch goes around the post of another stitch, instead of in the top. The tutorial below includes step by step instructions for the Back Post Double Crochet.

If you already know how to crochet a front post double crochet, then learning this one is easy. The Back Post Double Crochet is made the same way, but you start with your hook in the back of the stitch instead.

The Back Post Double Crochet abbreviates as BPdc according the Craft Yarn Council. They have a handy crochet abbreviations list, if you ever need one. The CYC actually has a ton of information on standards and guidelines for crocheters and knitters.

Post stitches back and front worked in grey yarn.

Using a combination of back post and front post stitches you can create a texture like the one in this picture. Love the hook? Me too, it’s my Furls Alpha Series.

Yarn

For this tutorial I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, Lion Brand’s Heartland in color Mt. Rainier. You can use any weight yarn for this stitch. I’ve also crochet the Back Post Crochet with #5 bulky yarn and it works up beautifully.

Stitch

Regular crochet stitches, like the dc, hdc, etc. are crocheted under the top two loops of the stitch. A post stitch is crocheted around the post of the stitch. Below you will see the post identified with a red yarn needle.

Red needle inserted to show post of crochet stitch.

A post stitch is crocheted from the front, or from the back. It helps to know the terms “front” and “back” refer to where you start your crochet hook. Since when you crochet either you will move your hook from front to back or back to front, depending on which stitch you’re crocheting.

You can also check out how to crochet the Alpine Stitch, which uses the front post treble crochet.

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How to crochet the back post double crochet stitch-written instructions

  1. First yarn over.
  2. Then, position the crochet hook behind your work.
  3. Insert it next to the post of the stitch, go around the front, and bring the hook across and to the back on the other side of the post.
  4. Next yarn over, draw the yarn around the front of the post and bring it to the back on the other side (behind your work).
  5. Then simply proceed with making the stitch normally. So yarn over and pull through 2 loops, then do that 1 more time.

You will see all of this in the step by step photo tutorial below.

Crochet Patterns Using Post Stitches

Between Ridges Blanket-this crochet blanket pattern uses double crochet post stitches to create a border as you go.

The Matteo Scarf uses front post and back post double crochets to create a beautiful, highly textured crochet fabric. Be sure to check out the matching Matteo Beanie and Fingerless Gloves.

The Sunset Sweater has the coziest cowl neck ever, made with-you guessed it-post stitches.

Be sure to check out the Alpine Stitch, which is where the Front Post Treble Crochet really shines!

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Materials

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

BPdc-back post double crochet

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

fdc-foundation double crochet

rep-repeat  

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

Level

Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

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Back Post Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Post stitches back and front worked in grey yarn.

Back Post Double Crochet Tutorial

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 7 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch.

Materials

  • #4 worsted weight yarn, pictured in Lion Brand’s Heartland.

Tools

  • 5.5mm US size I-9 crochet hook, in the picture is my ergonomic Furls.

Instructions

  1. To crochet the back post double crochet you'll need a row of stitches first, like double crochets.
  2. Start the next row with a ch 3, or how you normally begin a row of dcs, I prefer the ch 3 alternates.Red
  3. To BPdc in the next st, yo. Grey yarn wrapped over hook.
  4. Move the hook behind your work, and insert hook between the post of the stitches, from the back to the front.Hook inserted from back to front.
  5. Bring hook across the front of the post and insert it between the post of the stiches to the back.
  6. Yo and pull that loop back across the post of the stitch, and to the back. (3 loops on your hook)
  7. Now you'll complete the stich like normal: yo and pull through 2 loops on your hook.
  8. Yo and pull through the last 2 loops on hook, 1 BPdc complete.Back post double crochet complete.You can alternate back post dcs with front post dcs to get a textured fabric.

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