How to Work Front-Post Double-Crochet Stitches

By Susan Brittain, Karen Manthey

Front post stitches are raised crochet stitches on the surface of the fabric facing you. You can create a front-post double-crochet (abbreviated FP dc) stitch with these steps and some practice.

1Work a row of normal double crochet (dc) for the first row and turn.

Follow the standard procedure for creating a row.

2Chain (ch) 2 for your first double crochet.

Because a post stitch is shorter than a normal stitch, you make the turning chain with one chain stitch less than the normal turning chain requires.

The first steps in a front post double crochet stitch

3Yarn over (yo) and insert your hook from front to back between the posts of the first and second double crochet of the row below, and then from back to front again between the posts of the second and third stitches.

The hook should now be positioned horizontally behind the double crochet that you’re working around.

4Yarn over and draw the yarn around the post of the stitch.

You now have 3 loops on the hook.

A completed front post double crochet

5Yarn over and draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook, twice.

One front post double crochet (FP dc) is complete.

The symbol for front post double crochet

6Take a look at the symbol for front post double crochet.

Stitch diagrams use symbols to give you a pictorial description of the pattern design — and may or may not include written directions. This is the symbol for front post double crochet in crochet stitch diagrams.