I love the texture that front post double crochet (fpdc) can give to a project. Though it may seem a little complicated at first, once you’ve got the hang of it, it really is an easily stitch to learn.
The stitch is worked in almost the same way as a double crochet, however, instead of working in to the top of the stitch, you will be working around the posts of the stitch, leaving the top loops raised.
Most recently, I have used this stitch, combined with back post double crochet (bpdc) in my Rainbow Ripples blanket and the result was just amazing!
This post stitch works up shorter as they are not positioned in the same st as a regular dc, so your therefore need a smaller chain to start the row. Instead of chaining 3 to begin, I always chain 2 to compensate for this.
To create this stitch, YO, insert hook from front (where the needle in the picture below is) to back to front around post of next st.
YO and pull yarn round.
YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through last 2 loops, completing the stitch as you would a normal dc.
This completes your first fpdc! You can continue like this along the row and when you turn it over, you will see that the top loops from the previous row will be lifted up.
I’ve shared a little tutorial below to make a swatch for fpdc.
Row 1: Ch 26, dc in 4th ch from hook and to end, turn
Row 2: Ch 2, fpdc across row until 1 st left, 1 dc, turn
Row 3 – 14: Rep Row 2, break yarn and fasten off.
This stitch is easy to incorporate in many projects and it’s a definite favourite of mine!