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How To Crochet The Front Post Treble (FPtr) Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the Front Post Treble Crochet Stitch. This is one of the taller stitches that goes around the post of another stitch, instead of in the top of the stitch.

The crochet tutorial includes step by step photos for the Front Post Treble Crochet. If you already know how to crochet a front post double crochet, then learning this one is easy.

The Front Post Treble Crochet is made the same way, but with a treble stitch instead. The difference is there’s and extra yarn over when you start a treble stitch.

Close up of front post treble stitches tutorial.

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The Front Post Treble is abbreviated as FPtr 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.


For this tutorial I’m using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, Red Heart Super Saver in color Aran. You can use any weight yarn for this stitch. I’ve also crochet the Front Post Treble Crochet with #5 bulky yarn and it works up beautifully.

Row of front post treble crochet in white.
After a row of treble crochet this row is front post trebles.


Below I’ve included all the steps for the FPtr. A treble stitch is taller than a double crochet stitch. This means you will wrap the yarn twice before beginning.

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 an orange yarn needle.

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 inset your hook from front to back or back to front, depending on which stitch your’e crocheting.

When working front post crochet stitches you will see the post of both the stitch you make and the post of the previous row on the front of the work.

You can check out how to crochet the Alpine Stitch, which uses the front post treble crochet. Post stitches are great for crochet cables, creating interesting textures and ribbing.

Back of front post treble.
When you turn your work the front post treble stitches leave a ridge on the back.

How to crochet the front post treble stitch-written

  • First yarn over twice.
  • Then, start with the crochet hook in the front, insert hook next to the post of the stitch, go around the back, and bring the hook to the front on the other side of the post.
  • Next I yarn over, draw the yarn around the back of the post and bring it up to the front on the other side (where I started).
  • Then I simply proceeded with making my stitch normally. In this case, a front post treble stitch. So yarn over and pull through 2 loops, then do that 2 more times.

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

Our Favorite

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 crochet stitches 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.
  • I quite enjoy post stitches. The FPtr stitch is so striking. I especially love how Tamara used this one in the Hygge Diamond Pillow. So gorgeous!

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



  1. For this tutorial I’m skipping over a row of single crochets, this is not required for a FPtr stitch. You can also crochet it in a row of dc directly below the row you are on.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch(s) – chain(s)

fdc – foundation double crochet

FPtr – front post treble crochet

rep – repeat  

sc – single crochet 

sl st – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

tr – treble stitch



Front Post Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Close up of front post treble stitches tutorial.

Front Post Treble Crochet Stitch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $1

Learn how to crochet the front post treble crochet stitch.


  • Any weight yarn, for this tutorial I'm using Red Heart Super Saver a worsted weight yarn.


  • Any crochet hook compatible with your yarn. I'm using a 5mm US-8(H) Streamline Swirl in Cafe.


  1. You'll need to start a with a row stitches. Here I chain 30.30 chains in white on hook.
    Tr in the 4th ch from your hook, and in each ch to the end of the row. (27 sts)Row of treble crochet in white.
    Ch 4, or use an alternative. This counts as the first stitch of the row.Chain 4 alternative to start treble crochet row.

  2. Yo twice. Yarn wrapped twice on hook.
  3. Start with hook in the front of your work and go between the first stitch and second to the back of your work, inserting hook behind the dc and come back to the front. This is the post of a stitch.Hook inserted from front to back around post.Yo and pull a loop through (4 loops on hook), 4 loops on hook.
  4. yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook).3 loops on hook in white.
  5. Yo and pull through 2 loops again. 2 loops on hook.
  6. Yo and pull through last 2 loops. 1 FPtr crochet made.Front post treble crochet complete in white.
  7. In this particular stitch pattern I'm working a regular stitch in the next stitch, but you can work more post stitches to get a ribbing effect.


To start a row of post stitches, in this case the front post treble crochet, you need a row of stitches first. It can be any stitch, but most commonly a double crochet or treble stitch. When beginning a row usually 4 chain stitches count as a treble crochet, although I prefer a ch 3 alternative.

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You can continue to work front post treble crochet stitches or alternate with double crochets as I’ve done here. The contrast of double crochets with the post stitch is beautiful.

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