How To Front Post Half Double Crochet

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Ready to learn how to front post half double crochet? If so, this is the perfect blog post for you!

Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc) is a variation of the regular half double crochet stitch that creates an interesting texture and added dimension in your projects.

In this tutorial, I will walk you through the steps of making FPhdc stitches and give you some tips on mastering them.

Additionally, I will explain what materials are needed as well as provide abbreviations, charts symbol, and video tutorial.

By the end of this post, you’ll be able to confidently create beautiful FPhdc swatches!

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What is the Front Post Half Double Crochet

The front post half double crochet is one of the crochet post stitches, more specifically the front post stitches. 

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

You can also back post crochet, where the half double crochet variation is called the back post half double crochet.

The front 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.

Post stitches are often used to create crochet cables or crochet ribbing.

The steps of the Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch:

  1. Yarn Over (yo)
  2. Insert crochet hook from front to back to front 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 front post half double crochet

Materials Needed

To crochet the front 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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Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch Abbreviations

The front post half double crochet is abbreviated FPhdc or fp hdc in crochet patterns.

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

Front Post Half Double Crochet Chart Symbol

The front 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 right representing that it’s worked around the front post.

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

Photo showing the FPhdc crochet stitch chart symbol.

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Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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

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

Front Post Half Double Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Yarn over

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

2. Insert the crochet hook from front back to front

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The second step of learning front 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.

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

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

3. Yarn over

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

4. Pull up a loop

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

5. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

6. 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 1-6 to crochet the next stitch and again to crochet more FPhdc stitches.

Front Post Half Double Crochet Video Tutorial

How to Front Post Half Double Crochet In Rows

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

  1. Start the row with two turning chains.
  2. Work front 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 front post stitches. Turn your work.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 to crochet more rows.

How to Front Post Half Double Crochet In Rounds

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

  1. Start the round with two turning chains.
  2. Work front 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 front 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.

Front Post Half Double Crochet FAQ

What is the front post half double crochet called in UK terms?

The US terms front post half double crochet is called front post half treble crochet in uk terms.

Front Post Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

  1. Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc)
  2. Front Post Half Double Crochet Stitch (this tutorial)
  3. Front Post Double Crochet Stitch (FPdc)
  4. Front Post Treble Crochet Stitch (FPtr)

Crochet Patterns Using The FPhdc

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

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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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