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You What? Crochet Jargon and Slang Revealed

Sometimes in forum communication you may come across some interesting lingo and slang. Do you sometimes fail to keep up...

Sometimes in forum communication you may come across some interesting lingo and slang. Do you sometimes fail to keep up with the conversation? Want to learn and communicate further, but stopped at a lot of obscure jargon.

Don't worry, this article has put together a guide to the jargon abbreviations and phrases you may need to master while crocheting, to help you get rid of the confusion of reading and communicating, and to have more fun.

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Crochet Slang

TERM

DESCRIPTION

AMI

Amigurumi, which is a small knitted or crocheted toy.

BISTITCHUAL

Someone who both knits and crochets.

Bobbin

Different from a ball or skein, a bobbin describes yarn that is wound much like that of a sewing thread bobbin - normally wound around a spool.

Blocking

Blocking is a finishing technique used with crocheted or knitted items to ensure your crochet fabric lies flat and to the desired final measurements.  

C2C

Corner-to-Corner, a type of crocheting where projects are worked diagonally via graphs to create images.

CAL

Crochet Along, which is when crocheters work on parts of a crochet project together as a group.

Clown barf

When bright variegated yarn pools in an unattractive pattern.

Clusters

Clusters is a generic term for a group of stitches together -in the same place. Often used to create a semi-circle/shell style effect, clusters can be made up of any number of stitches.

Crochet-hacking

It follows the 'make do and mend' ethos, and describes taking an old garment or item of clothing and using crochet to update it and give it new life.

Crojo

A portmanteau term referring to your crochet 'mojo' - your enthusiasm or energy for something.

Destash

Sorting your stash (see below) in order to swap, sell, donate or discard unwanted yarns.

DH

Dear hubby

Drape

The term drape describes how a piece of fabric hangs, can also be thought of as describing how flexible a fabric is.

Embellish

Embellishing a project is similar to crochet-hacking, where you add some crochet to a garment or item.

FO

Finished Object

FOTH

When a crochet project is "Fresh off the Hook"

FREEFORM,

FREEHAND, or

FREESTYLE

Crocheting without a pattern and just making it up as you go.

FROG, or

FROGGING

Frogging is the act of undoing your crochet, so-called because you ‘rip-it, rip-it’ like the onomatopoeic frog’s sound.

FS

An item that is "For Sale"

Halo

The halo of a yarn is the description for the 'fuzziness' or 'fluffiness' of the loose fibres on a yarn..

HOOKER

One who crochets... with a hook.

HOTH

When a project is "Hot off the Hook"

HSPY

Haven't Started Project Yet

ISO

"In Search Of", used when you are looking for a specific yarn or pattern.

JAYGO

Join As You GO

LYS

Local Yarn Store

MAM

Mile-a-minute technique

Magic ring

Sometimes also called 'Magic Loop', 'Magic Circle', 'Drawstring Loop' or 'Adjustable loop'. It allows you to create your first round of stitches and then tighten the loop so there is no visible hole in the centre of your round.

MGBTC

must get back to crocheting

NCR

Not Crochet Related

Neps

Neps is a term referring to matted or tangled clumps or fibres within a yarn.

OCD

Obsessive Crocheting Disorder

PAT

Shorthand for "Crochet Pattern"

PHD

Project Half Done

Picot

A picot is a small loop of chains, which is normally used for decorative effect.

PIGS

Projects in grocery sacks

Pills

Pills (or what might be more commonly known as bobbles) are little clumps of fibres that develop on a fabric due to agitation (for example, after repeated washing).

PIW

Project in Waiting, as in when a project has not been started yet.

Post stitches

Post stitches refers to whether you insert your hook 'around the post' of the stitch from the front or the back of the fabric, which helps to give a raised texture to crochet fabric. 

Sable

An acronym for 'Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy'.

Skein

Skeins are usually made by the yarn being wound in large loops, which are then tied together and twisted into what we call a skein. This is normally used on hand spun or hand dyed yarns.

STASH

All your yarn, a yarn pile, or accumulation of way too much yarn.

Stashbusting

The practice of intentionally making things using yarn from your stash in an attempt to tame it.

STASHBUSTER

A project that uses up leftover yarn.

TIA

"Thanks in Advance", used when you ask a question online and say thank you in advance.

UFO

Unfinished Project

USO

Unstarted Project (Same as a PIW)

WIP

"Work in Progress", which is a crochet project that you are currently still working on.

YARN BARF

The mess that comes out of the middle of the yarn ball or skein when you try to pull the center out.

YARN BOMB

A decorative yarn piece that is crocheted or knit, and placed in public.

YARN CHICKEN

The act of trying to finish a row or project before running out of yarn.

YARN CAKE

When you re-wind a skein of yarn using a yarn winder tool.

YARN VOMIT

See the definition for yarn barf

YARNIE

Someone who loves to crochet or knit with yarn.

 

That's some of the interesting jargon we've collected and sorted out. How do you feel? Isn't that amazing! The language that used to be "encrypted" suddenly became lively and interesting.

May every "Hooker" spend every crochet project happily accompanied by Yeezhee.

KOCO (Keep On Crochetin' On)!!

Yeezhee

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