Working around the front and back post double crochet is great for providing some texture to any project! I love creating the ribbed stitches, by working around the post for multiple rows, for a fun and stretchy look. I have been using post stitches a lot lately for my alligator (creating spikes on the back/tail), pants waist band, and bear hat. Just remember that it makes your rows of double crochet a little bit shorter! You can always work around the post for other stitches, but the double crochet is the most popular.
For my picture tutorial, I used my little bear hat. I started with regular rows of double crochet, then at the bottom of my hat started working around the post. You are going to create a normal double crochet, just worked around a different part of the stitch. Yarn over, insert your hook around the post from the front or the back, depending on which you are doing, then complete double crochet (dc) as normal (yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over draw through two loops, yarn over and draw through remaining two loops).
I alternated between front post double crochet (FPdc) then back post double crochet (BPdc), to create the raised and lowered stitches. You can see what it looks like after a few stitches below. This is my first row of my ribbed stitches.
For the remaining rows of my hat, I work the FPdc (front post double crochet) around the FPdc of the previous round. Same goes for the BPdc (back post double crochet).
You can now get the free little bear hat pattern, here.
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