How to Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc tutorial)

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Double crochets are one of the primary crochet stitches, but they’re far from basic. I recently shared how to decrease with the dc2tog/dc3tog. Today, we’ll learn how to add yummy texture to our projects with the front post double crochet stitch (fpdc) and back post double crochet stitch (bpdc).

Post stitches are common in intermediate to advanced level crochet patterns that involve cabling, ribbing (like the Berry Cabled Dishcloth), raised crochet (like the Traveling Afghan Gladstone Square from CocoCrochetLee), and fun stitch combos like the alpine stitch.

Dying to skip ahead? Click to jump to the: fpdc / bpdc / video tutorials (both right and left-handed)

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Front and Back Post Double Crochets in Patterns

The front post double crochet is abbreviated as “fpdc” in crochet patterns. In crochet charts, you’ll see it represented as a dc with a loop at the bottom. Here’s an example symbol:

Image from the Craft Yarn Council

The back post double crochet is abbreviated as “bpdc” in crochet patterns. In crochet charts, you’ll see it represented as a dc with a “C” at the bottom. Here’s an example symbol:

Image from the Craft Yarn Council

What’s the difference between fpdc & bpdc?

Such a good question! When you’re crocheting, one side of your fabric will face you, and the other side will face away from you.

For front-post stitches, you’ll insert your hook behind the stitch. This will put your completed fpdc onto the front of your project. For back-post stitches, your hook will be in front of the stitch and you’ll actually be crocheting on the back of the fabric.

Here’s a picture demonstrating the start of each stitch. Notice how the target stitch sticks out toward you on the fpdc, but is pushed back on the bpdc?

fpdc vs bpdc crochet

Supplies / Materials

If you’re just practicing and working up a swatch, any hook and matching yarn will do.

For the tutorial video, I used WeCrochet Dishie cotton yarn in “Verdigris” and an H 5.0 mm blue Odyssey from Furls Fiberarts.

For the photo tutorial, Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in “Mystical” and a 10.0 mm Virgo Streamline Swirl from Furls Fiberarts.

Abbreviations / Techniques

  • yo – yarn over
  • dc – double crochet
  • fpdc – front post double crochet
  • bpdc – back post double crochet
  • st – stitch

How to fpdc

  • a. yo and insert hook around the back of the dc from the previous row, yo
  • b. pull up a loop
  • c. yo and pull through two loops
  • d. yo and pull through the last two loops

    Note: after the first step, you’re crocheting a regular-old double crochet
step-by-step images demonstrating how to crochet the fpdc stitch

How to bpdc

  • a. yo and insert hook around the front of the dc from the previous row, yo
  • b. pull up a loop
  • c. yo and pull through two loops
  • d. yo and pull through the last two loops

    Note: after the first step, you’re crocheting a regular-old double crochet
step-by-step images demonstrating how to crochet the bpdc stitch

fpdc Video Tutorials

Here’s the video tutorial for those of you that prefer live-action. Don’t worry, lefties! I’ve got a flipped video to help out the left-handed crocheters too.


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