Sunday Stitch – Front Post & Back Post Crochet

I’m thinking Sunday is a good day to for how-to videos and tutorials. Nobody reads blogs on Sundays! Blog reading is for when you’re at work and need to pretend like you are doing something useful on the computer, right? That’s just fine with me. I’m a little self conscious in videos, especially the ones I have to talk in. So I’ll put them up on Sunday where no one will see them.

Front Post and Back Post Crochet Stitches

There are many things I love about crochet and one of them is making textures. Sure crochet can give us pretty shapes and warm things and beautiful color work. But the texture-making potential of crochet blows knitting away. With that in mind, lets talk front post and back post stitches. You can use them to create lots of texture in your work.

There are front post/back post versions of all the basic stitches (single, half double, double, treble, etc). Once you know how to make, say a front post half double, you can make any stitch in its front post version.

Try to see the stitches in the row below as having two parts: a top, and a post. Normally you would make a new stitch by pushing your hook in through the top of a stitch from the row below. Front post/back posts don’t go through the top. You push your hook around the side of the stitch in the row below.

 

For front post stitches, you push your hook around the side of the post while looking at the front of your work. That pops the stitch towards you.

For back post stitches, you push your hook around the sides of the post while looking at the back of your work. That pops the stitch away from you.

 

Hope that helps!

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