Back post and front post stitches can be used to make fun and intricate textures in crochet because instead of keeping all your work flat in one dimension, they pull the stitches away from each other to create a three dimensional look.
For our purposes today I'm going to be using double crochets. But front and back post stitches can be used with sc, hdc, dc, and tc. Really any stitch that you want. In a pattern you will see these stitches abreviated as fp(whatever stitch you're using) or bp(whatever stitch you're using). So with the double crochet stitches we are using today, the abreviations in patterns will look like this fpdc and bpdc.
In each of these pictures, the base row will be done in off white while the back post and front post stitches will be done in teal. This will hopefully help you see the effect of the different stitches.
First let's talk about how you do a fpdc and a bpdc and how you remember which one is which.
You are going to place your hook behind your stitch and come back to the front.
Draw up a loop
Complete a DC.
A back post double crochet pulls the stitches to the back.
You are going to place your hook in front of your stitch and out the back.
Draw up a loop.
Complete a DC.
That's really all there is to it. Want to see what you can do with it? Here are just a couple rows using different variations:
Alternating fpdc/bpdc - This is how a lot of crocheters mimic knit ribbing.
This stitch is also really important in creating crochet cables. If you have been itching to try a crochet cable pattern or just want to add a new one to your pattern library, come back on Friday. I'm going to have a new FREE pattern for you using cables and you will LOVE IT!!!!