The Front Post Double Crochet Stitch is one of my personal favorites! It can be used for a wide variety of purposes including creating the ribbed look at the bottom of a hat or the cuff of a sleeve. This stitch also stacks perfectly on top of itself, which makes it a great stitch to use for color-work projects (check out my Truck Hauler Hat Pattern, and my Love-ly Cap Pattern for examples).
Though it can be intimidating to think of working around the post instead of into the “v” of the stitch like you normally would, it’s actually quite simple once you see it in action. Check out this step by step photo tutorial and get your crochet hooks ready! You’ll be stitching away in no time at all.
In the photo below, I’m stacking Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) Stitches on top of each other.
I’m about to start a new stitch.
Start your FPDC stitch with a yarn over, just like you would with any Double Crochet Stitch.
Next, insert your hook around the post of the next stitch, instead of under the top “v” like you normally would. For the Front Post Double Crochet, your hook should be in front of your project while around the post like shown below.
Next, yarn over and draw up one loop so you have a total of three loops on your hook.
Now complete your FPDC stitch just as you would a normal Double Crochet.
Yarn over, draw loop through two loops on your hook.
Yarn over again and draw loop through the last two loops on hook.
Stitch is now complete and you’re ready to start your next stitch.
If you’re ready to jump in and start practicing this stitch, check out these fun patterns to get you started: