Well, the poll I began last week is nearly over, and 5 out of 6 who voted said, "Yes! I would love [a post-stitch tutorial]!" So, here it is...
Just in case the video isn't very clear (since I have a very non-fabulous camera, yes, I used my still-camera's video setting for this, and it was not allowing for a clear picture really close-up) I have included a couple of still pictures.
Typically, when working cables or ribbing, the non-post stitches are shorter than the post-stitches. In this example, my post-stitches are double crochet, but you can work any stitch as a post-stitch. I've never seen single crochet post-stitches in a pattern, and I think you would get some very unusual fabric working that way. Often, when working intricate cables, the non-post stitches are half-double crochet, and the post-stitches are double and treble crochet, depending on how slanted they are. The reason for the different sizes is that the bottom of the post-stitch is lower than the bottom of all the non-post stitches in the row. In order to make the tops of all the stitches in the row more-or-less even, the post-stitches need to be longer to make up the distance.
For examples of projects with post stitches, I will place a few links here:
- My "Rugged Warmth Winter Set" uses post-stitches to create a thick fabric and decorative ridges.
- My "Beautiful Arches Bolero" uses post-stitches to make a ribbed edging that is crocheted right onto the constructed pieces.
- Ellen Gormley's "Sunny Spread" from Crochet Today Jan/Feb 2008 uses post-stitches beautifully! You'll just have to look at the pictures to see how it looks.
- Drew Emborsky's "Saugatuck Summer" from Crochet It. Love It. Wear It. (Drew by the way, uses lots of post-stitches in his designing) uses post-stitches all over to create a ribbed look.
- Fana Goberstein's "Brenda's Basketweave Bag" from Interweave Crochet Accessories 2010 uses post-stitches to make a very nice basketweave pattern. This is a very clever stitch combination!
- Doris Chan's "One for All Family of Mitts" also from Interweave Crochet, Accessories 2010 uses post-stitches to make a simple deorative cable.
If you've never tried post-stitches before, now you are ready to give it a shot! Go for it! I hope that this answered your questions about post-stitches. If not, leave me a comment with your question and I'll do my best to answer it for you. Happy (post-)stitching!