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Summary of Crochet Terms & Abbreviations

Crochet is enjoyable and therapeutic, but encountering unfamiliar terminology and acronyms in tutorials can sometimes hinder our crochet experience. Different...

Crochet is enjoyable and therapeutic, but encountering unfamiliar terminology and acronyms in tutorials can sometimes hinder our crochet experience.

Different designers may use varying crochet terms in their designs, and interesting acronyms and slang may be encountered during forum communication. Have you ever struggled to keep up with the conversation? If you want to learn and communicate effectively, it's important to master a lot of basic knowledge.

Therefore, we have decided to compile various terms, slang, and their abbreviations in this blog for easy access and learning (the complete summary is provided at the end of this guide).
 
Index
 
 

1. Various Stitches

 

Simple stitch abbreviations
ABBREV. DESCRIPTION SYMBOL
CH chain crochet-symbol-ch
DC double crochet crochet-symbol-dc
HDC half double crochet crochet-symbol-hdc
SC single crochet crochet-symbol-Sc
OR
crochet-symbol-Sc
SL ST slip stitch crochet-symbol-sl
TR treble crochet crochet-symbol-tr
These stitches are most commonly used in almost all crochet patterns.
They are worked through both loops in the top of the stitch below unless otherwise indicated.

Cluster Stitches

ABBREV.

DESCRIPTION

SYMBOL

BO

bobble

 

PC

popcorn

 

PS or Puff

puff

crochet symbols-PS or Puff

 

Other Stitches
ABBREV. DESCRIPTION
HBDC herringbone double crochet
F___(sc, hdc, dc, tr) foundation stitch
SP___(sc, hdc, dc, tr) spike stitch
E___(sc, hdc, dc, tr) "e”xtend the stitch.Example: edc (extended dc)
___#TOG(sc, hdc, dc, tr) Stitch a number (#) of sts together (decrease).Example: SC2TOG (SC 2 together)
#ST___INC(sc, hdc, dc, tr) Stitch a number (#) of sts into one (increase)Example: 2-ST DC INC
#ST___shell(sc, hdc, dc, tr) Stitch a number (#) of sts into one (increase).Example: 3-ST HDC shell

  



2. Other Terms & Common Measurements

Terms & Common Measurements

Term

Description

( )

work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed or work a group of stitches all in the same stitch/space

[ ] or { }

work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

*

repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

**

repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions

Measurement

Description

” or in

inch

cm

centimeter

g

gram

m

meter

mm

millimeter

oz

ounce

yd

yard


 
 

3. Consolidated Table

Crochet Abbreviations Master List
ABBREV. DESCRIPTION SYMBOL
ALT alternate  
APPROX approximately  
BEG begin/beginning  
BET between  
BL/BLO back loop/back loop only
BP back post  
BPDC back post double crochet
BPDTR back post double treble crochet  
BPHDC back post half double crochet  
BPSC back post single crochet  
BPTR back post treble crochet  
CC contrast color  
CH chain crochet symbol-CH
CH-SP chain space  
CL cluster  
CONT continue  
DC double crochet crochet symbol-DC
DC2TOG double crochet 2 stitches together crochet-symbol-Dc2tog 
DEC decrease  
DTR double treble  
EDC extended double crochet  
EHDC extended half double crochet  
ESC extended single crochet  
ETR extended treble crochet  
FL/FLO front loop/front loop only
FO Fasten Off  
FOLL following  
FP front post  
FPDC front post double crochet
FPDTR front post double treble crochet  
FPHDC front post half double crochet  
FPSC front post single crochet  
FPTR front post treble crochet  
FSC foundation single crochet  
HDC half double crochet crochet symbol-HDC
HDC2TOG half double crochet 2 stitches together crochet-symbol-Hdc2tog 
INC increase  
LP loop  
M marker  
MC main color  
MR Magic Ring  
PAT pattern  
PC popcorn stitch  
PM place marker  
PREV previous  
PS/PUFF puff stitch crochet symbols-PS or Puff 
REM remaining  
RND(S) round(s)  
REP repeat  
RS right side  
SC single crochet Crochet Symbols-SC
OR
Crochet Symbols-SC
SH shell  
SC2TOG single crochet 2 stitches together crochet-symbol-sc2tog 
SC DEC single crochet decrease  
SK skip  
SL ST slip stitch Crochet Symbols-SL ST
SM/SL M slip marker  
SP space  
ST stitch  
TBL through back loop  
TCH or T-CH turning chain  
TOG together  
TR treble crochet crochet-symbol-Tr
TRTR triple treble crochet  
TR2TOG treble crochet 2 stitches together  
WS wrong side  
YO yarn over  
YOH yarn over hook  


Congratulations on mastering beginner crochet terminology and abbreviations! To get the table version, click here: link for download. It's time to put your newly acquired skills into practice! Grab the hook and start your crochet journey!

Yeezhee will always accompany you to explore the fun world of crochet, help you learn more about crochet, and refine the art of crochet!
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