Crochet Round the Back Post

​By now you should already have seen the elongated stitches created in the front post technique, if not you can see it here, this time I show you how to create the reverse effect.  Which I find particulalry pleasing to the eye, when used in the right way.  

I enjoy a raised stitch or two and particularly like the raised horizontal effect the Back Post stitches can create.​

This is created using the Round the ​Back Post technique.  ​

This stitch is also used in our ​free Crochet Pattern ​"Popcorn at the Movies Shawl".

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UK Terms

yo      yarn over

​bptr     ​back post ​treble crochet

rep     repeat

US ​Terms

yo       yarn over

​bpdc     ​back post double crochet

rep     repeat

​The stitches can be worked on any size although I'm working in UK Treble/US Double stitches as I build on the grid technique.  They can be used to create horizontal stripe effects in the min body of your work.

Tutorial: Grid Technique​

Rather than working into the top of the stitch or into a chain space these round the posts stitches do what it says on the tin.  The crochet hook is wrapped around the post of the stitch in the previous row, or round, ​whch in turn pushes the top of the previous row foward creating the horizontal line.

Lets walk through the BPDC/BPTR now

  1. ​Yo​, insert your hook from the ​back of the work to the right of the stitch post.
  2. ​Rotate the hook around the ​front of the stitch and ​push in to the ​back of the work to the left of the stitch post, yo, pull through around the ​front of the work.  This can be fiddly the first few times and will become easier as you get used to the feel.
  3. ​With 3 chains on the hook, yo, pull through the first two loops, yo, pull through the final two loops to complete the stitch.

You now have a new stitch which at its base is ​ wrapped around the post of the previuos round or row pushing the top of the previous stitch forwards.  It sits to the ​back of the work creating the effect of a double length stitch on the reverse and the horizontal stripe on th front.

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That's it!  Really simple, it's much easier to watch how the ​round the post is completed than to read the instructions so why not check out the video above?