What is it?
Last week, we started our discussion about post stitches with a brief overview of what a post stitch is. You can find that post here:
Technique Tuesday - Post Stitches: How to make the Front Post Double Crochet stitch.
Let's do a quick review…
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 Back Post crochet stitches. Specifically, we are tackling the Back Post Double Crochet stitch.
Here are the instructions for a Back Post Double Crochet stitch:
Back Post Double Crochet (BPdc): Yarn over, insert hook from back to front and then to the back again around the post of the 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? Post Stitches are the SUPERSTARS of texture of the crochet stitch universe. Since a post stitch is worked around the post of the worked stitch, the post of that worked stitch is bent. Because it is perched on top of that bent post, 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 you are creating.
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!
In a future post, we will demonstrate some of the uses for these post stitches so y'all can make FAB textured fabrics for yourselves! Specifically, we are going to be covering Crochet Ribbing… three kinds! Check back soon for that… You don't want to miss it!
For now… let's carry on with the Back Post Double Crochet stitch!
Break It Down
IMPORTANT NOTE: This tutorial is specifically for a post stitch using a double crochet stitch. If you want to do post stitches with taller stitches like treble, double treble, and triple treble crochet stitches, simply yarn over the number of times you would for that height of stitch THEN start with inserting your hook around the post of the stitch.
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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