Last week we learned how to front post double crochet and now we are looking at the back post double crochet. I love using these two stitches to create ribbing and texture in my projects. I use it at the bottom of sweaters, like this one:
See how alternating using the front and back post looks like ribbing in knit? (You can get the free pattern for this sweater at Red Heart Yarn). This is a great technique to use if you want to add a ribbed look to mittens, socks, hats, and other projects, too.
You can also alternate front and back post double crochet stitches to give an overall textured pattern, like I did in this pattern I designed for Crochet! magazine:
On this bag I used a ribbed edge for the flap and then used 2 fpdc and 2 bpdc alternating to give it a basket weave effect. This is one of my favorite crocheted bags I have made and was really happy using these stitches for a lot of texture.
You can also crochet cables using front and back post double crochet like this design I created for Crochet World:
Here you can see I used these stitches for ribbing as well as the center cable. Another great stitch to have in your crochet arsenal!