Alternative Usually used to tell you to do 2 or more different actions in turn.
approx. Approximately An estimated amount.
beg Beginning at the front or start of
ch Chain One of the main crochet stitches.
chsp Chain space The space left when working one or more chains in a row.
cont Continue or Continued Carry on or carried on
dec Decrease Working 2 or more stitches together to make less stitches in the row.
dc Double Crochet One of the main crochet stitches.
dc2tog Double Crochet two together A decreasing stitch
dtr Double Treble Crochet One of the main crochet stitches.
EXDC Extended Double Crochet A type of double crochet stitch
htr Half Treble One of the main crochet stitches.
inc Increase Working 2 or more stitches into the same stitch to increase the number of stitches in a row.
lpst Loop Stitch Used to create a loop as you are working a stitch.
miss Miss stated number of stitches. Used when creating patterns or shaping
p Picot - chain 2 and work a double crochet in the first ch.
rtrb Raised Treble Back This is a treble worked around the stem of the stitch in the previous row by inserting the hook from the back of the work.
rtrf Raised Treble Front This is a treble worked around the stem of the stitch in the previous row by inserting the hook from the front of the work.
rs Right Side of work
ss Slip Stitch One of the main stitches. Used mainly for joining or when not wanting to create fabric.
tch Turning Chain This is the chain worked at the beginning of a row, sometimes in place of a stitch, when turning.
tr Treble Crochet One of the main crochet stitches.
ttr Triple Treble One of the main crochet stitches.
yrh Yarn Round Hook Winding the yarn around the hook when forming stitches. Also called "Yarn Over" (yo).
ws Wrong side of work
English/American Equivalent Terms- Some American crochet abbreviations differ from the English ones which can make reading American patterns very confusing. As there are an abundance of American crochet patterns on the internet I thought it would be useful to put a list of the most common differences and their explanations below:-
Single Crochet (SC, sc)
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