Front post and back post stitches are useful for creating texture in crochet, so it’s a must-learn for ambitious crocheters. This technique is easy to learn, but creates very interesting effects, often associated with complex patterns. They’re also known as raised stitches, or relief stitches.
How does it work?
Relief stitches differ from basic stitches only by the place through which the hook is inserted, but that’s exactly the point. You work it around the stitch from the previous row, so differently than regular stitches. Depending on the way we insert the hook, we create a relief stitch hooked either from the front or the back. Any basic stitch may become a relief stitch, so it’s very versatile.
How is it called in a pattern?
If you encounter relief stitch in a diagram (chart), it will look like your basic stitch symbol (for example, double crochet symbol), but with a hook at the bottom. The direction of the hook indicates the kind of crochet stitch required, so they work like this:
- Hook pointing to the left – hooked through the front of the crochet piece
- Hook pointing to the right – hooked through the back of the crochet piece
Learn more about reading diagrams (charts) in this post -> coming soon!
If you follow a written pattern, you will most probably find these universal abbreviations:
- FP – front post
- BP – back post
Let’s see it in an example – let’s say, I want you to make three front post double crochets. I will write it like this:
3 fp dc
If I want you to make one back post single crochet, you will see this:
1 bp sc
Learn more about reading written patterns in this post -> coming soon!
See how it’s made
You can apply this technique to any basic stitch you know, so just keep in mind the way in which you insert the hook. We may use relief stitches for various projects, and achieve lovely structural details – such as ribbing, for example.
There are so many amazing projects featuring this technique, because crocheters come up with new ideas everyday. These few examples show how versatile post stitches are, and how many beautiful things you can do with it.
Post stitches in Free Crochet Patterns
There are many free patterns that use post stitches, so if you wish to learn it for free, there’s a lot of resources. One of my favorite projects are home accessories, because they add a lot to any interior. Take a look at examples below and find what suits you best, but don’t be intimidated – some of these patterns are easier than other.
Brioche Infinity Pillow by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk
This lovely pillow by Tatsiana is the ultimate post stitch project, because it uses it in a regular structural pattern throughout the whole piece.
Check out this free pattern on lillabjorncrochet.com.
Sunny Spread by Ellen Gormley
This lovely spread uses post stitches to create three-dimensional rays of sun, so take a look at the pictures below and see if you like it.
Wispweave Square by Draiguna
Delicate ornamental pieces by Draiguna are very popular, and you can find lots of different shapes available. These complex patterns look detailed thanks to post stitches, too, because the center is more prominent.
Check out this free pattern on draiguna.com.
Lost in Time Shawl by Johanna Lindahl
Sometimes designers introduce post stitches only in a small part of the project, but they play a big role nonetheless.
Sakura Face Scrubbies by Krisztina Anna Matejcsok-Edomer
Looking for a quick project, but also an opportunity to practice post stitches? Try these cute face scrubbies by Krisztina Anna, because they make a great gift set, too.
Sunset Cushions by Catherine Bligh
This structural pillow will be a fantastic addition to any interior, because you can make it in any colors you like.
Check out this free pattern on ravelry.com.
Post stitches in Paid Crochet Patterns
Post-Modern Post-Stitch Seahorse by Terry Finer
Purchase this pattern on etsy.com.
Carnival Of Flowers CAL by Buttonnose Crochet
Purchase this pattern on nanascraftyhome.com.
Sakura Cabled Mandala by Tatsiana Kupryianchyk
Purchase this pattern on ravelry.com.
Arwen by Zoya Matyushenko
Purchase this pattern on ravelry.com.
Idunn by Zoya Matyushenko
Purchase the pattern on ravelry.com.