How To Back Post Half Double Crochet

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When expanding your crochet knowledge, learning how to crochet the back post half double crochet (BPhdc) is a great crochet stitch to learn..

If you’re a beginner in crochet, or if you’re looking for some tips on mastering this variation of the regular half double crochet, then this blog post will provide you with all of the information that you need!

In this article we’ll cover topics such as what this, the steps of BPhdc, materials needed to crochet this stitch, abbreviations and crochet chart symbols, tutorial video and step-by-step photo tutorial plus height and turning chain instructions.

We’ll also discuss how to do BPhdc in rows as well as rounds. So let’s get started!

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What is the Back Post Half Double Crochet

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

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

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

You can also crochet front post stitches, where the variation of the half double crochet is called the front post half double crochet (FPhdc).

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

The steps of the Back Post Half Double Crochet Stitch:

  1. Yarn Over (yo)
  2. Insert crochet 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 3 loops on the crochet hook
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 to crochet another back post half double crochet

Materials Needed

To crochet the back post half 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 Half Double Crochet Abbreviations

The back post half double crochet is abbreviated BPhdc in crochet patterns.

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

Back Post Half Double Crochet Chart Symbol

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

It is a “T” like the regular half double crochet stitch, but 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 BPhdc crochet stitch chart symbol.

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Back Post Half Double Crochet Tutorial

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

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

Back Post Half Double Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Yarn over

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

2. Identify the post of the stitch

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The second step of learning back post hdc stitches 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 first and second stitch from back to front, from the wrong side.

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 3 loops and you are finished

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Pull yarn through the 3 loops on the crochet hook.

You have now finished the first stitch, repeat steps 1-8 to crochet the next stitch and again to crochet more BPhdc stitches.

Back Post Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial

Back Post Half Double Crochet FAQ

What is the post of a half double crochet?

The bottom part of the half double crochet is called the post of the stitch. That means the bottom portion of the stitch, not the part of the stitch where you insert the crochet hook if you crochet a regular half double crochet.

Wheat does the abbreviation BPhdc mean in crochet?

The abbreviation BPhdc means back post half double crochet.

How to Back Post Half Double Crochet In Rows

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

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

How to Back Post Half Double Crochet In Rounds

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

  1. Start the round with two turning chains.
  2. Work back post half double crochet around the post of each stitch from previous round.
  3. After working around final stitch, you have finished a round of half 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 Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

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

Crochet Patterns Using The BPhdc

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

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