How to Crochet: Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)

By Rachel Choi – 66 Comments

Are you ready to start making texture in your crochet work? If so, then lets get stared with the basics! Front post double crochet is also known as front raised double crochet. Front post can be done using many stitches, but for this tutorial we will focus on the popular double crochet stitch. You will need to know the basics of crocheting before attempting this tutorial. Visit the Crochet Tutorials Section for more help.

The only thing that is different in a front post double crochet compared to a regular double crochet is the location you insert your hook to make your stitch.

This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.

To make a front post double crochet, follow the instructions below:

Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)

Insert your hook into the front of your work, behind the indicated stitch, and then through your work such that your hook is now at the front of your work again.

Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)

Pull up a loop

Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)

Pull through 2 loops on your hook.

Yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)

Pull through final 2 loops on your hook.

You just completed one front post double crochet! The stitch should look just like a regular double crochet but is slightly raised forward compared to the rest of your work.

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  1. joy says:

    Thanks so much for all your HELP!!!!! Im going to give it a try, wish me luck!!!! (hee hee)

  2. Rachel says:

    I love your crochet tutorials! I sooo wish I could go back in time and learn from these instead of struggling with ancient library books I checked out as a kid. Oh well. =)

  3. […] then this going to be a piece of cake! If you don’t already know how, then visit the “How to Crochet: Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)” before attempting this […]

  4. Caroline says:

    Which stitch do you form this stitch around – is it the one you just made or one in the previous row? Or would the pattern say?

    Got to say, love your photographs, so well focused and framed compared with some sites, or even published books!

    • Rachel says:

      Hey Caroline,
      You normally make it around a stitch on the previous row. But if you’re working with a pattern, it should tell you where to make it.

  5. Bookworm says:

    Hi Rachel

    I was hoping for a bit of advice, it’s not on one of your patterns but I’m hoping you might be able to help me anyway. I’m doing the Moss Stitch Afghan from the Lion Brand website and I’ve been stumped by one of the lines.

    “Row 3 Ch 1, sc in first st, *sc around front of next st, sc around back of next st; repeat
    from * across, sc in last st (turning ch)”

    I was thinking that they mean alternating between front and back post sc, but I’m not sure and was wondering what you thought. Thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Bookworm, my guess is as good as yours. I’d recommend sending an email to the Lion Brand folks. They would know more about the pattern than me.

      • Yvonne says:

        I am trying to make a 2 button visor Hat and I am done with round 5 but round six has me confused. It states place hook around post of next dc two rounds below,(on rnd 4) then skip sc behind FPdc just made (on Rnd 6). Then work dc in next sc on Rnd 6. I am totally lost

  6. Bookworm says:

    …I didn’t even know I could do that ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll go do that now.

  7. Bookworm says:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I emailed them and got a response, now I’m on my way. Turns out it was what I thought.

  8. […] Most people assume that making cables is difficult, but as soon as you master these two techniques: Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) and Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc), cabling will be part of your everyday crocheting […]

  9. pmhenry says:

    Dear Rachel, I am so happy to receive your emails. You bring up topics and give suggestions, that leave me smacking my head with “a why didn’t think of that” mode.

    I was also happy to learn from the Making clothes warmer segment. I didn’t realize FPDC and BPDC would result in a warmer beanie.

    Although I live in Arizona, I do crochet gifts for family in Wisconsin and they want WARM stuff.

    Also the Kiss Me Bag looks great. I am using a cane for a while and long handled purses or bags flop all around. As soon as I am done trying to get a slouch or beret done (wish me luck on that), I really want that bag. My Christmas present to myself.

    Again thank you so much for all the sharing that you do.

  10. […] cabled creations. Guess what? Crocheters can make them, too! The cables are made by using front post stitches and back post stitches. Different looks are achieved by crocheting around the stitches directly […]

  11. […] ear warmer will keep your fingers busy and your ears warm as a result! You will have to know the Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) and Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc), and then you’re good to go! It is a good pattern […]

  12. […] of yarn and finish it off with a little eyelash yarn for a fringe effect. You will have to know the Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc) and Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc). It is a good pattern to use up your scrap yarn. You can […]

  13. Karen says:

    am trying to figure out how to do this step . . . “working BEHIND FPtr just made work FPtr around each skipped st”. Those skipped stitches are double crochet stitches. You have the chain, then one row of dc, then start with FPdc and FPtr, etc. Working behind has me baffled on how to maneuver the hook to make that stitch. Thanks.

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Karen, I think it’s trying to tell you to put your hook behind (instead of in front of) the fptr that you already made in order to get to the stitch you skipped. So try and make a fptr in the skipped stitch. In doing so, you’re going to have to either but your hook in front or behind the fptr that you already made. When you make the new fptr it will overlap the existing fptr.

  14. Terry says:

    Disregard that email honey, I found the FPDC!! lol
    thanks though!!

  15. Mewthicus says:

    I taught myself to crochet first with one of those “basics” books with hand drawn pictures, and later on the web to find more advanced direction. Of all the tutorials I’ve read/watched, yours are definitely the easiest to understand and most informative. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. […] Instructions: BCDCC (Back Cross Double Crochet Cable): Sk 2 sts, FPdc in next 2 sts, working behind the FPdcs, BPdc in skipped […]

  17. Shaaron says:

    Thank-you so much for the left-handed option! I’ve never seen this before. It was so nice not to wrap my brain around mirror images.

  18. Melanie says:

    Would love if someone could post wonderful pictures and instructions on how to front post double crochet decrease. I have a pattern that I need to do that and the book’s instructions aren’t super clear. I know how to double crochet decrease so I’m assuming its similar but would love clarification.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, it is the same idea as the regular double crochet decrease. The only different is that when you insert your hook into the stitches on the previous row you’ll insert it as if you’re working around the post of the stitch like when you’re making a fpdc.

  19. Linda says:

    I am working on a pattern and it calls for FPDC around the next 4 dc`s can anyone tell me how todo it thanks

    • Rachel says:

      Hi Linda, it seems like the pattern wants you to make 1 fpdc around each of the next 4 dc. So you’ll make 4 fpdc lik this tutorial shows.

  20. Maria says:

    Rachel, I am at a complete loss, can you explain what this means: work fpdc around next hdc one row below,( I figured that out) working in front of fpdc just made, work fpdc around hdc one row below slipped hdc. Too confused. Help

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Maria, I’m not sure what the “slipped hdc” is referring to. Is there a row of hdc worked before somewhere? Maybe it’s a typo and it meant is say “skipped” instead of “slipped”? I’d recommend contacting the designer of the pattern if possible, since he/she would be able to clarify.

  21. lisa says:

    This was really helpful, and completely clarified what my pattern had only half explained. Thank you!

  22. Carrera says:

    I just wanted to say that I love your site because of the left-handed pictures! Very helpful!! Thanks!

  23. Suzanne says:

    My question is regarding the next stitch. If the pattern called for a dc next, does it go in the stitch immediately next to the post or does it go into the next one over? Thanks!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Suzanne, if you worked fpdc around a stitch, then you would skip the stitch that you just worked around and work into the next stitch to make your next double crochet.

      • Christine says:

        this is my question, too
        I just do not have it right, figuring which is the next stitch
        would it be possible to add this step to your lovely photo tutorial

  24. mariann says:

    fpdc…vs bpdc……on bpdc….does the hook end up in back of post before the second yarn over….
    and the foundation row is always dc. row, right……and in foundation row, is it dc chain one, dc chain one?

    thanks….awesome photos…..better than some videos


  25. yayaragil says:

    Hi Rachel, I’m working on a pattern. It is said “ch 3, skip 2 fpdc, bpdc in next 2 fpdc, bpdc in skipped fpdc,…”. I’m trying to figure out how to do bpdc in skipped stitches, and which one should I go first, the one that farthest away from my hook? Can you explain how to do that stiches? I try to do it but it just a chaotic, I can’t identify the stiches for the next row. There’s supposed to be a cross on that skipped stitches, right? but mine wasn’t like that. Help me please, please……. Thanks in advance ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello! It sounds like you are working some sort of cable or twist. Most of the time the pattern will tell you which skipped stitch to work into. But if your pattern isn’t specifying, I’ll guess that it is the second skipped stitch, since the ch 3 at the beginning of the pattern may be acting as the first stitch. You can find an example of skipping stitches and working into the skipped stitch in this tutorial (see the crossed cable section): How to Crochet: Cable Stitches

  26. Kate Chaney says:

    I am entirely new to the front (back) post stitches. After I have done a row of either, where do I place the hook for a row of regular stitches?

  27. Crystal says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have a quick question about a pattern with fpdc. The pattern says “Row 4….”skip first 2 fpdc’s, fpdc in next 2 fpdc’s, working in front of just made fpdc, fpdc in each of the 2 fpdc’s you skipped, dc in the next 6 dc’s” Can anyone clarify the part where it says to work in front of just made…etc. I am so confused! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Monica says:


    I am working a pattern that says work FPDC around DC in row below the next DC, DC in next DC. The word below is bold. Does this mean to work in the row I just finished or to go another row below that even? For instance, I crocheted one row, then a second row, now on my third row and those are the instructions. Do I crochet in the first or second row when it says below? Help!

  29. Tammy says:

    I am fairly new to crocheting and I am working a chevron relief stitch. The pattern says to (work FPdc around post of st below next sc) I THINK I have this figured out, but then it says to skip 2 sc behind FPdc. (now and throughout) what does skip sc BEHIND FPdc mean? very confused.
    Thank you for any help!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Tammy,
      From what you described it sounds like are you working backward? So you are going back 2 sc before the fpdc stitch. I’m not 100% sure, I would probably need more context to figure it out. If this is a Crochet Spot pattern, let me know the link and I’ll take a closer look at it. You can also try asking the designer of the pattern since he/she will be the best help.

  30. Yvonne says:

    What does place hook around post of next dc two rounds below ( on rnd 4) then skip sc behind FPdc just made (on Rnd 6) then work dc in in next sc on rnd 6

    • Rachel Choi says:

      I would probably have to see the pattern in order to understand the instructions. If it is a Crochet Spot pattern, let me know the link and I can take a closer look at it. You can also ask the designer of the pattern for help since he/she would be the best person to answer your question.

  31. Mitchelle Black says:

    I stumbled across this stitch and couldn’t find it in the Vogue Crochet Dictionary. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions and the awesome photos.

  32. Helen says:

    I’ve just done an fptr in a previous row but the pattern tells me to skip 3 stitches behind fptr and I have no idea what this means – could you help?

  33. Connie Bailey says:

    I am trying to understand how to do a FPDC around a half double crochet. It says to insert hook into front and come out the front and then go into the back and out the front, so I am right back where I started from. Can you help me understand how to do this stitch? Thanks for any help.

  34. Sylvia says:

    You are so awesome to post left-handed instructions! Do all your tutorials have the mouse-over? I have other left handed friends who want to learn/learn more about crochet, and the visuals you provide are priceless!

  35. Courtney says:

    Hi Rachel,

    I’ve looked over these examples and at the cable stitch tutorial, and the wording I’m working with is a little different: Row 1(RS) รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Cable Twist: 1 BPdc, skip next 4 dc, work FPtr on next 4 dc, working in back of sts just made, work FPdc over 4 skipped dc รขโ‚ฌโ€œ Cable Twist made, 1 BPdc.

    This part is what I don’t understand: “working in back of sts just made, work FPdc over 4 skipped dc”. Only one FPdc? Over how many what?

    Are you able to decipher this? I’m going crosseyed.

    Thank you!

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Courtney! When it says “fpdc over 4 skipped dc” I think it means 1 fpdc in each of the 4 stitches that you skipped, so you’ll have 4 fpdc total.
      When you work into the skipped stitches, you can either cross your hook in front of your work or behind your work to make the new stitches. So the “working in back of sts just made” means to cross the hook onto the back side of your work (the stitches just made) in order to make the fpdc’s. This makes the 4 fptr you made at the beginning appear on top of the 4 fpdc that you are working into the skipped stitches.

  36. Linda Keith says:

    I am a left handed crocheted. I am making a,bowler and it call for fpdc in the round. However since I am working on the wrong side shouldnt I do bpdc instead so the raised part would be on the front?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Linda! Even though you are left handed the right and wrong side are usually the same as right handers. The only difference is the direction you are working in, left to right instead of right to left. I would think you would still work the fpdc. But if you ended up on the wrong side for some reason, then you can go ahead and switch it to bpdc.

  37. Linda Keith says:

    I am making a bolero.

  38. Inez says:

    Hi Rachel,
    I really appreciate your site. It is one of the most useful sites out there….thanks.
    I need some help with the sun hat pattern I am working . I understand how to make fpdc’s, but the next stitch in the pattern is a dc and I am not sure where to put it. The pattern is to alternate fpdc and dc. Can you please help.
    Thank you.

  39. I’m doing a basket weave men’s hat and pattern says “do beginning to dc. I know how to do afpdc but how do you do a beginning ( of row)fpdc?

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hi Victoria!
      Pretend there is an invisible double crochet on the other side of it. The motion of your hook will be the same, whether it is being working around the first dc or a dc in the middle of the row.

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