Reading Patterns

Reading Knitting and Crochet Patterns, Part 2

Last week we talked about knitting abbreviations. This week we will discuss some basic crochet abbreviations. In the coming weeks we will see how those abbreviation fit into patterns so we can learn how to read them.

Common Crochet Abbreviations

  • Ch—chain
  • Ch-sp—chain space
  • Sl—slip
  • Sl st—slip stitch
  • Sc—single crochet
  • Dc—double crochet
  • Hdc—half double crochet
  • Tr—treble (triple) crochet
  • Dtr—double treble (triple) crochet
  • Fpdc—front post double crochet
  • Bpdc—back post double crochet
  • Sc2tog—single crochet 2 stitch together
  • Dc2tog—double crochet 2 stitches together
  • Yo—yarn over
  • Inc—increase
  • Dec—decrease
  • Blo—back loop only
  • Flo—front loop only
  • Tc—turn chain
  • Sp—space
  • Sk—skip

There are several abbreviations that are used in both knitting and crochet. How you work/manipulate the yarn varies between the two crafts.

This is but a simple overview of some of the basic abbreviations found in crochet patterns. Next week we will look at a knitting pattern and talk about repeats.

Tell me in the comments: Do you know how to read crochet?

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