How To Front Post Single Crochet

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Learning how to front post single crochet (FPsc) is a great way to increase your crochet skill!

FPsc is an advanced version of the single crochet stitch that creates unique texture.

It involves inserting your hook around the post of a stitch in the previous row. In that way you can create an intricate ribbing effect on sweaters, blankets and other crochet projects.

In this crochet tutorial we’ll be exploring what exactly front post single crochet is and how it can be used for various projects.

We’ll also provide helpful tips, abbreviations, photos and video tutorial for mastering this beautiful stitch. So if you’re ready to unlock all the possibilities of FPsc let’s get started!

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What is the Front Post Single Crochet

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

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

You can also back post crochet, where the single crochet alternative is called back post single crochet (BPsc).

The FPsc 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.

The steps of the Front Post Single Crochet Stitch:

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

Materials Needed

To crochet the front post single 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 Single Crochet Abbreviations

The front post single crochet is abbreviated FPsc in crochet patterns.

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

Front Post Single Crochet Chart Symbol

The front 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 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 FPsc 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

Front Post Single Crochet Stitch 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 FPsc with 1 chain stitch.

Front Post Single Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Insert the crochet hook from front to back to front

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The first step of learning the front 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.

Insert crochet hook between first and second stitch from front to back (from the front of you work to the wrong side). Between the next two stitches, insert the crochet hook from back to front. This is the left side of the post of the stitch you are working around.

2. Yarn over

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

3. Pull up a loop

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

4. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

5. 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 front post stitch around the post of the stitch on the previous row.

Repeat steps 1-5 to crochet more FPsc stitches.

Front Post Single Crochet Video Tutorial

How to Front Post Single Crochet In Rows

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

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

How to Front Post Single Crochet In Rounds

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

  1. Start the round with 1 turning chain.
  2. Work front 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 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 Single Crochet FAQ

What does FPSC mean in crochet?

FPSC in crochet is an abbreviation for front post single crochet.

Front Post Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

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

Crochet Patterns Using The FPsc

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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