How To Back Post Double Crochet

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The back post double crochet (BPdc) stitch is one of those essential stitches that every crocheter should learn – and for good reason!

It’s one of the most common crochet stitches you need to know when crocheting cables and post stitch ribbing.

This post will explain what the BPdc is, provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it correctly, as well as offer helpful tips and resources such as an FAQ section and related posts.

So if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the back post double crochet stitch and create beautiful texture with your craft, this blog post has got everything you need!

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What is the Back Post Double Crochet

The back post double crochet is one of the crochet post stitches

Crocheters often learn the regular double crochet before the learn the back post double stitch.

The back post double crochet is a variation of the normal double crochet stitch where you crochet the stitch around the post of the stitch on the previous row, otherwise the steps are the same.

Post stitches are often used instead of traditional stitches as textural elements, often combining front and back post stitches to create a fabric that looks like knitting. Often used at the bottom of sweaters and hat brims to create crochet ribbing. Post stitches can also be used to crochet cables.

The steps of the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch:

  1. Yarn over (yo)
  2. Insert your hook from back to front to back again around the post of the stitch on the previous row
  3. Pull up a loop
  4. Yarn over
  5. Pull through the 2 loops on the crochet hook
  6. Yarn over
  7. Pull through the last 2 loops on the crochet hook
  8. Repeat steps 1-7 to crochet another back post double crochet

Materials Needed

To crochet the back post double crochet you can use any crochet hook size and yarn. If you’re following a crochet pattern, use the crochet hook and yarn suggested.

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Back Post Double Crochet Abbreviations

The back post double crochet is abbreviated BPdc or bp dc in crochet patterns.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

Back Post Double Crochet Chart Symbol

The back post double crochet chart symbol is related to the double crochet (dc) stitch chart symbol.

It is a “T” with one line across it representing the yarn over you do, like the regular double crochet stitch. However, it also has a half circle to the left representing that it’s worked around the back post.

It will be turned in the direction it will lay in your finished crochet work.

Photo showing the BPdc crochet stitch chart symbol.

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Crochet a blanket!

Use this crochet stitch pattern to crochet a blanket! Learn more about crochet blanket sizes & making one with any size crochet hook & yarn:

  1. Crochet Blanket Sizes
  2. Any Yarn & Hook Blanket Calculator
  3. Other Crochet Stitches for Blankets

Back Post Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

In this photo tutorial (shown right handed) you will see how to crochet a back post double crochet crochet stitch.

Grab a crochet hook in your right hand, make a slip knot and crochet chains (ch).

Back Post Double Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Yarn over

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To start the back post double crochet, yarn over from back to front.

2. Identify the post of the stitch

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The second step of learning the back post double crochet is to identify what the post of the crochet stitch is.

The gap between the stitches is where you are going to insert the crochet hook, and the lower part of the stitch is what is called the post of the stitch.

3. Insert the crochet hook from back to front

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Insert crochet hook between the first and second stitch from back to front.

4. Insert the crochet hook from front to back

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Between the next two stitches, insert the crochet hook from front to back.

5. Yarn over

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Place the yarn over the crochet hook from back to front.

6. Pull up a loop

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Pull up a loop, you have 3 loops on the crochet hook.

7. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

8. Pull through 2 loops

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Pull yarn through 2 loops.

9. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

10. Pull yarn through 2 loops and you are finished

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Pull yarn through the last 2 loops on the crochet hook.

Repeat steps 1-10 to crochet more BPdc stitches.

Back Post Double Crochet Video Tutorial

How to Back Post Double Crochet In Rows

To crochet back post double crochet stitches in rows, follow these steps:

  1. Start the row with two turning chains.
  2. Work back post double crochet around the post of each stitch from previous row.
  3. After working around final stitch, you have finished a row of double crochet back post stitches. Turn your work.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to crochet more rows.

How to Back Post Double Crochet In Rounds

To crochet back post double crochet stitches in rounds, follow these steps:

  1. Start the round with two turning chains.
  2. Work back post double crochet around the post of each stitch from previous round.
  3. After working around final stitch, you have finished a round of double crochet back post stitches. Do not turn your work, but slip stitch into top chain from beginning of round.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to crochet more rounds.

Back Post Double Crochet FAQ

What is the difference between front post double crochet and back post double crochet?

The difference between the front post double crochet and back post double crochet is which way you work around the post of the stitch. For the front post double crochet, you insert the crochet hook from front to back to the front again to pull up a loop. While for the back post double crochet, you insert the crochet hook from the back to the front to the back again to pull up a loop.

What is a post double crochet?

A post double crochet is either a front post or back post double crochet. It’s a crochet stitch used to create texture while crocheting.

Back Post Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

  1. Back Post Single Crochet Stitch
  2. Back Post Half Double Crochet Stitch
  3. Back Post Double Crochet (this tutorial)
  4. Back Post Treble Crochet Stitch

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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