What is it?
Let's talk briefly about what a Post Stitch is…
Post stitches are just like any other crochet stitches only the stitches are worked around the "post" of a crochet stitch rather than through the loops of the "head" of a crochet stitch.
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While there are both front and back post crochet stitches, today we are working on front post crochet stitches. Specifically, we are tackling the Front Post Double Crochet stitch.
Here are the instructions for a Front Post Double Crochet stitch:
Front Post Double Crochet (Fpdc): Yarn over, insert hook from front to back and then to front again around post of indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up a loop, (yarn over and draw through 2 loops on hook) 2 times.
Why Use It?
Why use a post stitch at all? Well, you see, it's all about the texture! Remember that a post stitch is worked around the post of the stitch. Working around the post like this bends the post of the stitch you are working into so the head of that worked stitch is faced toward the outside of the crochet fabric.
In all other crochet stitches, we make our stitch by inserting our hook through the head of the worked stitch and the head is covered by the loops of the stitch we just made.
With post stitches, since we are working around the post of the worked stitch, the head of the worked stitch is bent to the outside of the crochet fabric and becomes a raised feature on the surface of the fabric.
Whether you work a front or back post stitch depends on where you want that surface feature to show in relation to your fabric.
Post stitches can also be worked in combination with other crochet stitches to make raised surface details such as vertical or horizontal ribbing, and cables.
Here are three examples of post stitches used as surface details:
As you can see… it's all about the texture!
Post stitches create FAB surface detail that pops out in 3-D against the crochet fabric.
We will delve further into post stitches in upcoming posts… specifically, we will address back post stitches. After that, we will demonstrate some of the uses for these post stitches so y'all can make FAB textured fabrics for yourselves!
For now… onward to the Front Post Double Crochet stitch!
Break It Down
The first few times you practice this technique, we suggest using two colors of yarn so you can see which stitches go where more easily AND you can compare your work to our tutorial photos more easily. After that, of course, you'll probably want to work in all one color… or not… it depends on how you are going to use them. Right?
As with any new skill, all it takes is practice for new techniques to feel natural and easy for you.
As always, we recommend stitching up a few quick swatches like ours and, using our photo walk through to compare your stitches, to make sure your stitches are lining up correctly. If you aren't happy, rip 'em back out and go again!
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