Monday, May 31, 2010

Below is a short list of abbreviations for crochet stitches and instructions. While these are the most common abbreviations, many more standardized abbreviations are used in crochet patterns. An internet search of abbreviated crochet terms will return many hits, and is encouraged.
STITCHES, generally
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
tr = triple crochet
trc = triple crochet
dtr = double triple crochet
dtrc = double triple crochet
sl st = slip stitch
shell = a number of dc or tr worked into one stitch or space (specific directions given per pattern)
V stitch = 1dc-1ch-1dc or variation that when complete forms a "V" (specific directions given per pattern)
yo = yarn over (grab yarn)
lp = loop
sp = space
dc2tog = crochet 2 stitches together (like a decrease)
dec = decrease
inc = increase
st = stitch
cl = cluster (combining 2 or more stitches in one space/stitch, i.e., 3 dc in one stitch = cluster)
sk = skip
This list will be revisited in later volumes.
For an online Crochet Abbreviations Master List see:

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