A Lesson in Crochet Post Stitches

Jan 13, 2011


This week a good friend called me and offered to trade crochet lessons for massage time. Her proposal sounded like a win-win situation to me-I make a new crochet buddy and get a relaxing half-hour massage. Tonight is our first lesson.

Though some people may panic at the thought of teaching even their favorite craft, I love sharing my crochet knowledge with beginners and the crochet uninitiated.

To prepare for my lesson, last night I sat down with our latest Crochet Me Workshop: Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Crochet Corner Basics and Beyond, which features crochet guru Kristin Omdahl, for a basic crochet refresher. This DVD is a compilation of her Crochet Corner segments from Knitting Daily TV. I love this DVD and even picked up new tips on stitches I had been using for ages. The basic crochet stitches that really caught my attention were post stitches.

Post stitches are one of the easiest ways to add texture and elasticity to crochet, whether through creating cables, woven textures, or ribbing. And post stitches are easier than they appear. 

The front post double crochet (FPdc) is worked like a regular double crochet, with the exception of where you place the hook. Yarn over, then instead of inserting the hook under the top two loops, slide the hook from front to back to front behind the post of the stitch. This pushes the post of the stitch you are working around to the front. Yarn over and pull up a loop, then yarn over and draw through two loops on your hook two times just as you would for a regular double crochet. 
To create a back post double crochet (BPdc), yarn over and insert the hook from the back to the front to the back of the post; then complete the stitch as normal. This pushes the post of the stitch you are working into to the back of your work. 

You can work post stitches in single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, or any height stitch you can create.

An example of a pattern that uses post stitches to create both ribbing and cables is the Doris Chan's One for All Family of Mitts (at right) from the Crochet Accessories 2010 issue. 

For those who want to learn how to crochet or learn new crochet stitches or who want to share the gift of crochet with a friend, I recommend preordering a copy of Crochet Corner. Kristin clearly walks you through the basics of crochet from yarn and hook choice to the basic stitches and shaping. She also demonstrates more complicated stitches such as Tunisian and hairpin lace. And for those who want to design, there's a segment on that. But the best part is that you don't have to set up a time with her for a lesson; just pop in the DVD and start crocheting. Whether you are new to crochet or just looking for a little inspiration, Kristin with teach you to take your crochet to a new level.

Best wishes,

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Karen@19 wrote
on Jan 13, 2011 8:38 AM

I top my baby booties off with a "ribbing" made from front post stitches. The outside of the booties have the vertical texture, but the secret is the vertical texture on the inside which clings to baby's ankle and keeps it snug!

I've been doing them that way for years.

HeleneM@4 wrote
on Jan 13, 2011 11:26 PM

seeing your article about kristin omdahl, i would like to mention that i bought one of her patterns, and have seem to have found a fault in the pattern.after trying to contact her, with no success i am very dubious about buying any of her books, as i live in south africa.i have bought patterns from many usa designers and all have been VERY helpfull! now i am stuck with a pattern(and you all know the exchange rate is tough for us south africans) that i cant use.warm south african greetings Helene

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 14, 2011 10:43 AM

HeleneM@4, was this an Interweave pattern? If so you can email crochet@interweave.com with your problem.

Warm South Africa sounds amazing right now. I've always wanted to see Africa, and it is pretty cold in Colorado this week.

on Jan 14, 2011 10:04 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  As a self taught crocheter, I have tackled and conquered all kinds of stitches except post stitches. None of the explanations for post stitches ever made any sense to me.  Your explanation clicked everything into place.  Now I no longer need to check patterns to see if they contain the dreaded post stitches.  I am free!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 17, 2011 8:58 AM

Mountain_butterfly, I am so glad I was able to help you understand post stitches. I love them!

dustyhorse wrote
on Jan 18, 2011 8:46 AM

I don't know how a blog works, but I need instruction on the Afghan (Tunisian) Stitch.  I have made a swatch and it looks great except it curls horribly.  Am I doing something wrong?

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jan 18, 2011 10:30 AM

Hi dustyhorse. It sounds like you are working the Tunisian swatch correctly. Tunisian always curls, but  the curl should go away when you block the piece. Tunisian knit stitch, in my experience, curls the worst. But I have never had any trouble removing the curling with blocking.

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