Crochet Round the Front Post

​​​​​How to create those loooong legs in crochet? Backed with solid stitches but very long legs that seem to cross multiple rows or rounds of your work, you know the ones....

This is created using the Round the Front Post technique.  You see these stitches used in crochet cables and often as an option for ribbing.

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

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Abbreviations

UK Terms

yo      yarn over


fptr     front post ​treble crochet

rep     repeat

US ​Terms


yo       yarn over


​fpdc     front 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 as a single stitch to create a vertical line or as in this example a raised elongated grid stitch.

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, to create the new stitch loops.

Lets walk through the FPDC/FPTR now

  1. ​Yo​, insert your hook from the front of the work at the right of the stitch post
  2. ​Rotate the hook around the back of the stitch and bring to the front of the work to the left of the stitch post, yo, pull through around the back of the work.
  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.  IT sits to the front of the work creating the effect of a double length stitch.

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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?


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