Reading a crochet pattern can sometimes feel like reading a foreign language. Actually, that’s not far from the truth! Crochet does have its own vocabulary of stitches and abbreviations.
Most patterns will include a list of the abbreviations that are used in that pattern, but some don’t. If you ever get stuck, here is a list of commonly used crochet abbreviations. I may add to this list as I think of (or use) others.
Several of the stitches below are linked to tutorials for that stitch. This list is in US terms – read about how US and UK crochet terms differ here.
|hdc||half double crochet|
|dtr||double treble crochet|
|sl st||slip stitch|
Increases & Decreases
|sc2tog||single crochet 2 stitches together|
|hdc2tog||half double crochet 2 stitches together|
|dc2tog||double crochet 2 stitches together|
|[st] [number] tog||Work the indicated stitch over the indicated number of stitches together. (For example, dtr3tog = double treble 3 stitches together).|
|blo||back loop only|
|bp(st)||back post stitch (for example, bpdc = back post double crochet).|
|ch-(number) sp||chain space with the indicated number of chains. (for example, ch-2 sp = chain 2 space)|
|e[st]||extended version of indicated stitch. For example, edc = extended double crochet.|
|flo||front loop only|
|fp(st)||front post stitch (for example, fpdc = front post double crochet).|