Front post and back post stitches are interesting crochet stitches that are used in a wide variety of projects. They can be used for projects that feature textured stitch patterns, cables, and colorwork. Once you understand the mechanics of these stitches, it’s easy to apply them to any crochet stitch you like. In this video, Mary Beth Temple demonstrates how to work back post stitches.
There are two characteristics that define a back post stitch:
- Once the stitch is complete, it will be on the side of the fabric facing away from you (not to be confused with Right Side/Wrong Side).
- The stitch is worked around the post (or throat) of a stitch, rather than working into the top legs of a stitch.
Mary Beth demonstrates the back post stitch by working a back post treble crochet (bptr). The same mechanics are used for other stitches, such as back post single crochet or back post double crochet. The back post treble crochet is the most dramatic and easiest to see the results of working around the back post.
To back post treble crochet, Mary Beth follows these steps:
- Yarn over two times (3 loops on hook).
- From the back side of the fabric, bring hook up through the space to the right of the stitch, over the top of the post and back down through the space on the left side of the stitch.
- Yarn over and pull loop around the stitch (4 loops on hook).
- (Yarn over, pull through two loops) three times (1 loop on hook, stitch is complete).
Mary Beth notes that when working several of these post stitches in a row you will be coming up through the space you just went down into to create the next stitch. She then demonstrates a few more back post treble crochet stitches.
This video uses U.S. crochet terminology.