I’m so excited to share with you this free crochet tutorial for working post stitches! Post stitches are one of the first textured stitch techniques I learned and they’re a great way to expand your crochet skills. If you’ve mastered half double crochet and double crochet stitches you can totally do post stitches!
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For this tutorial I’m using Woolspun yarn. This is one yarn that I love SO much and am so sad that it’s been discontinued. This is a great yarn for practicing stitches. It is sturdy enough to show great stitch definition, but soft and flexible enough to glide easily through the hook. I’ve saved this skein just for practicing stitches and it has held up super well to lots of frogging! If you’re looking for a bulky weight yarn to practice your stitches with, I love Brava Bulky from WeCrochet! You could use any yarn to practice this tutorial. I recommend a lighter color as it tends to be easier to see the stitches. If you’re not using bulky weight yarn, choose an appropriate hook size. The suggested hook from the yarn label is always a good place to start!
Whenever I’m practicing a new stitch, I like to use a hook that’s super comfortable in my hand. No sense fighting the hook while you’re perfecting your stitches. I love wooden hooks and the Furls Streamline hooks are a favorite and are priced fairly reasonably. For this tutorial I’m using one of my most beloved hooks, Furls Alpha Series. They are my absolute favorite and an extra special treat! For this tutorial, I used a US J-10 (6.0mm) hook.
Working post stitches give great texture to any project. One of my favorite ways to use post stitches is to create a ribbed effect on the brim of a hat or cowl! You’ll find once you work several rows of post stitches that they create a dense fabric that is very stretchy. When you’re working this stitch as part of a pattern, read all directions carefully to get the placement and types of stitches used correct.
Working Post Stitches
Finding the post of your stitches is the key to working post stitches. I recommend working with double crochet stitches to begin. Double crochet stitches have nice height, giving them a nice long post that’s easy to work around. I also find that working front post stitches are a bit easier than working back post stitches. If you’re struggling with back post stitches, work until you feel confident with front post stitches and then return to back post stitches.
Post stitches can be worked in lots of fun patterns, but for practicing, they’re worked over one stitch. Chain any number of stitches you’d like, work a row of double crochets into the chains and begin the tutorial
Front Post Double Crochet – FPdc
Back Post Double Crochet – BPdc
Now that you’ve mastered post stitches, have fun playing with different combinations of front and back post stitches to create all sorts of fun texture! Check out my many patterns featuring this stitch to use this stitch again and again!
Icicle cowl – Tier 3
This cozy cowl comes in two lengths and features beautiful strips bordered by rounds of post stitches giving it a fun ribbed texture! Full of photo and video tutorials, this pattern is a great way to expand your stitch knowledge.
Tamzin hat – Tier 3
Take popcorn stitches to the next level with this classic hat! The inspiration for the Popcorn Stitch Cozy, you can make the Tamzin Hat, Tamzin Cowl and Popcorn Stitch Cozy and be super coordinating! Coming October 25th, this hat was designed for the Crochet Cancer Challenge and is another great hat for donating, The pattern includes adult and child sizes.
Pebble Hat – Tier 3
This hat combines beautiful, beginner friendly stitches to create the perfect unisex hat. Start off with a post stitch ribbing and then work the wonderfully textured moss stitch in the fitted beanie.
Pebble Cowl – Tier 3
The perfect match for the Pebble Hat, this super cozy cowl stands up to cold weather to keep you super warm! Apply post stitches and the beautiful moss stitch in this classic pattern.
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