How To Front Post Treble Crochet

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The front post treble crochet (FPtr) is a great crochet stitch to learn!

This unique stitch allows you to create beautiful cables and ribbing patterns that are perfect for sweaters, scarves or blankets.

In this post I’ll explain everything from what FPtr stands for, how it’s abbreviated in pattern instructions & even provide a step-by-step tutorial with photos & video on how to do the front post treble crochet stitch.

So let’s get started!

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What is the Front Post Treble Crochet

The front post treble crochet is one of the crochet post stitches and one of the front post stitches. 

The front post stitches are opposite to the back post stitches, and are often used together to create unique textures while crocheting, including crochet ribbing and crochet cables.

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

The FPtr is a variation of the normal treble 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 Treble Crochet Stitch:

  1. Yarn over 2 times (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 2 loops on the crochet hook
  6. Yarn over
  7. Pull through 2 loops on the crochet hook
  8. Yarn over
  9. Pull through the last 2 loops on the crochet hook
  10. Repeat steps 1-9 to crochet another front post treble crochet

Materials Needed

To crochet the front post treble 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 Treble Crochet Stitch Abbreviation

The front post treble crochet is abbreviated FPtr or FPtc in crochet patterns.

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

Front Post Treble Crochet Chart Symbol

The front post treble crochet chart symbol is related to the treble crochet (tr) stitch chart symbol.

It is a “T” with two lines across it representing the 2 yarn overs you do, like the regular treble crochet stitch. However, it 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 FPtr 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 Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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

Grab a crochet hook in your right hand, make a slip knot and crochet chains. Use ch-3 as turning chain for the FPtr.

Front Post Treble Crochet Step By Step Photo Tutorial

1. Yarn over two times

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

2. Insert crochet hook from front to back

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The second step of learning the front post treble 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 the first and second stitch from front to back. From the front of the work to the back of your work.

3. Insert crochet hook from back to front

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Insert the crochet hook between the next two stitches from front to back. The crochet hook is now on the front of your work again.

4. Yarn over

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

5. Pull up a loop

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Pull up a loop, you have 4 loops on the crochet hook.

6. Yarn over

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Yarn over from front to back.

7. Pull through 2 loops

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Pull yarn through 2 loops.

8. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

9. Pull through 2 loops

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Pull yarn through 2 loops. You have 2 loops left on the crochet hook.

10. Yarn over

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Yarn over from back to front.

11. Pull yarn through 2 loops and you are finished

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

You have now finished a FPtr around the stitch post of the previous row.

Repeat steps 1-11 to crochet more FPtr stitches around the post of the next st.

Front Post Treble Crochet Video Tutorial

How to Front Post Treble Crochet In Rows

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

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

How to Front Post Treble Crochet In Rounds

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

  1. Start the round with 3 turning chains.
  2. Work front post treble crochet around the post of each stitch from previous round.
  3. After working around final stitch, you have finished a round of treble 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 Treble Crochet FAQ

What is a front post triple crochet?

A front post triple crochet is the same as a front post treble crochet stitch. This crochet stitch is worked around the post of the stitch on the previous row.

What does TRFP stand for in crochet?

TRFP stands for front post treble crochet and is one of the crochet post stitches.

Front Post Crochet Stitches – Step-By-Step Tutorials

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

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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