Sunday, February 22, 2015

Front Post Double Crochet and Back Post Double Crochet

Something that I'm finding I use on a regular basis, are front post double crochet (fpdc) and back post double crochet (bpdc). It is used in my Dana hat, and it will be used in another pattern I plan to post very soon.

Front post double crochet, and back post double crochet are used for ribbing and cabling crochet. Front post double crochet makes your crochet stand out, while back post double crochet causes it to recess.
To begin either crochet style, you need to have a row already made up. At the end of your first row, chain 2, turn. For front post double crochet, instead of going in under the "v" as you normally would:

Yarn over, slide your hook in behind the post made by the previous row. 

Yarn over, and finish a double crochet. This puts the post in front, thus, a front post double crochet.

A back post double crochet is the same except that you will yarn over, slide your hook around the post starting from behind,

then yarn over, and finish a double crochet. This puts the post in back of your double crochet, thus back post double crochet.

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