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Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the front post half double crochet stitch. This stitch creates a cozy textured fabric, especially when alternated with the back post half double crochet stitch.

FPhdc = front post half double crochet is the crochet abbreviation for this stitch.

This step by step tutorial includes photos and written instructions. If you’re familiar with other post stitches, then this one is made the same way.

You work around the post of the stitch, instead of in the top. With post stitches, it helps to remember that “front” and “back” refer to the starting position of your hook.

So in front post stitches, we start our hook in the front. With back post stitches, we’ll start with our hook positioned in the back.

Swatch of front post half double crochet.

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Post Stitches

Post stitches create a very textured surface when alternated. These are the stitches used to create that waffle like texture that makes such cozy blankets.

You don’t always have to alternate post stitches though. For instance, in the Matteo Scarf (and Hat and Gloves) I use post stitches and regular double crochets.

This combination creates a similar texture to the Alpine stitch. I use this stitch in the Emilia Earwarmer pattern.


I used the front post half double crochet stitch many moons ago when I made the Lion Brand scarflette pattern. I designed a Women’s Beret to go with it, and I just love this set.

Materials

  • any weight yarn, I’m using Simply Chunky a #5 bulky weight yarn
  • a hook to match your yarn, I’m using my 5mm US size H Peach Odyssey crochet hook
  • yarn needle
  • scissors
  • measuring tape

Notes

  1. Ch 1 does not count as a stitch. 
  2. You’ll need to start with a row of stitches in order to make a post stitch. I start with half double crochets, but you can use almost any stitch.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

Click any of these links for the tutorial.

ch(s)-chain(s)

hdc-half double crochet

fhdc-foundation half double crochet

st(s)-stitch(es)

yo-yarn over

Helpful Tutorials

You’ll need to know how to make a half double crochet first. I love starting with foundation stitches, you can learn the foundation half double crochet stitch here.

Level

Intermediate

Construction

The front post half double crochet stitch is worked around the post of the stitch. Most stitches you will work under the top two loops of the stitch.

Front Post Half Double Crochet Tutorial

Swatch of front post half double crochet.

Front Post Half Double Crochet

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 half double crochet stitch. Create highly textured fabrics with this warm and cozy stitch.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn, I'm using Simply Chunky, a #5 bulky weight yarn.

Tools

  • Crochet hook to match your yarn. I'm using a 5mm Peach Odyssey hook.

Instructions

  1. Start with a row of regular half double crochet stitches: fhdc 15 or ch 16 and hdc in the 2nd ch from your hook and in each ch across, turn.
  2. Ch 1, hdc in same st Blue needle under post of stitch.
  3. To make a front post half double crochet, yarn over and insert hook from front to back, between post of stitchInsert hook from front to back.
  4. Slide hook across back of stitch and bring it back out the front, on the other side of the post Slide hook around back of post.
  5. Yarn over and pull through, around the back of the post and back to the front
  6. Yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook. 1 front post half double crochet complete. This completes one FPhdc or front post half double crochet stitch.
  7. Front and back half double crochet stitches. You can get this texture by alternating between FPhdc and BPhdc stitches.

Notes

While you can begin and end a row with a FPhdc, I prefer to use a regular hdc.

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