Crochet Abbreviations or Crochet Terminology

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A very good morning! I am feeling so joyful as I am writing this post early morning on weekend with a cup of steaming tea beside my laptop. 🙂 I always like the early morning times to write my thoughts.

Today I am gonna share the abbreviations or the terminology used in crochet. This is yet another simple but very important post. I know these types of posts look boring but they are must to have in any crocheter’s blog.

For any written crochet instructions, there is a special vocabulary, much of it is expressed in abbreviated or symbolic form. Today I will concentrate only on abbreviations, I will explain about the symbolic chart in upcoming post. I want to add a word of caution here with my experience – early in my crochet career, I found that some crochet patterns were not resulting in the same as stated patterns. Why? The patterns were written for British crocheters! So before using new instructions, find out whether they are American or British, because British terms have different meanings. If you want to know more information check this

Abbreviation Description
[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) work instructions within parentheses in the place directed
* * repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
* repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed
inch(es) or sometimes written as ‘in’
alt alternate
approx approximately
beg begin/ beginning
bet between
BL back loop
bo bobble
BP back post
BPdc back post double crochet
BPsc back post single crochet
BPtr back post treble crochet
CC contrasting color
ch chain stitch
ch- refers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space
ch-sp chain space
CL cluster
cm centimeter(s)
cont continue
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
dc3tog double crochet 3 stitches together
dec decrease/ decreases/ decreasing
dtr double treble
foll follow/follows/following
FL front loop
 FPdc front post double crochet
FPsc front post single crochet
FPtr front post treble crochet
gm gram
hdc half double crochet
inc increase/ increases/ increasing
lp(s) loops
m meter(s)
MC main color
mm millimeter(s)
oz ounce(s)
p picot
M1 make one stitch
pat(s) or patt pattern(s)
pc popcorn
pm slip ring marker or a loop of contrasting yarn on the needle
prev previous
rem remain/remaining
rep repeat(s)
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
sc single crochet
sc2tog single crochet 2 stitches together
sk skip
Sl st slip stitch
sp(s) space(s)
st(s) stitch(es)
tch
or t-ch
turning chain
tbl through back loop
tog together
tr triple / treble crochet
trtr triple treble crochet
WS wrong side
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over
yoh yarn over hook

Some words frequently used in the writings-

Words Description
gauge number of stitches and rows per inch that should be obtained using designated yarn and needles
multiple the number of stitches required to work one motif horizontally in a pattern stitch
work even continue work without increasing or decreasing

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