How To Back Post Single Crochet

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Are you ready to learn how to Back Post Single Crochet?

This crochet tutorial will provide you with all of the information that you need to know in order to master this stitch, including what materials are needed, abbreviations, charts and photo and video tutorial.

With its unique texture it can add whole new dimensions and designs to your crochet project! Let’s dive right in and start learning about this exciting stitch!

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What is the Back Post Single Crochet

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

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

The back post single crochet is a variation of the normal single 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 do a front post stitch variation of the single crochet.

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 beanies to as ribbing stitches. Post stitches can also be used to crochet cables.

The steps of the Back Post Single Crochet Stitch:

  1. Insert crochet hook from back to front to back again around the post of the stitch on the previous row
  2. Pull up a loop
  3. Yarn over
  4. Pull through the 2 loops on the crochet hook
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to crochet another back post single 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 Single Crochet Abbreviations

The back post single crochet is abbreviated BPsc in crochet patterns.

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

Back Post Single Crochet Chart Symbol

The back post single crochet chart symbol is related to the single crochet (sc) stitch chart symbol.

It is a “x” or “+” like the regular single 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 BPsc crochet stitch chart symbol.

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Back Post Single Crochet Tutorial

In this photo tutorial (shown right handed) you will see how to crochet a single crochet stitch around the post of a stitch.

Grab a crochet hook in your right hand, make a slip knot and crochet chains. Start rows of back post single crochet with 1 chain stitch.

Back Post Single Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Identify the post of the stitch

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The first step of learning the back post single 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.

2. 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 of the fabric). This is the right side of the post you are working around.

3. 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. This is the left side of the post of the stitch you are working around.

4. Yarn over

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

5. Pull up a loop

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

6. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

7. Pull through 2 loops and you are finished

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Pull yarn through the 2 loops on the crochet hook.

You have now done a complete single crochet around the post of the stitch on the previous row.

Repeat steps 2-7 to crochet more BPsc stitches.

Back Post Single Crochet Video Tutorial

How to Back Post Single Crochet In Rows

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

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

How to Back Post Single Crochet In Rounds

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

  1. Start the round with 1 turning chain.
  2. Work back post single crochet around the post of each stitch from previous round.
  3. After working around final stitch, you have finished a round of single 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 Single Crochet FAQ

How do you do a back post single crochet?

To do a back post single crochet, the only difference between that stitch and a regular single crochet is where you insert the crochet hook, the rest is the same.
Insert the crochet hook from the back between the stitches, to the front, to the back again around the post of the stitch to pull up a loop. Finish the single crochet as usual.

Back Post Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

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

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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