terms and symbols in crochet & knit

Common Terms & Symbols in Crochet & Knit Patterns

Some terms and symbols are standard among crochet patterns as well as knit patterns. Here’s a useful guide for these common terms and symbols.

As we all know, some terms and abbreviations are used in patterns for crochet and knit. And these abbreviations are specific to each type of craft, be it crochet or knit.

But, along with these, there are some terms and symbols that are standard in both types of patterns, crochet and knit. You will find these terms and symbols in crochet patterns as well as in knit patterns.

Measurement Terms in Crochet & Knit

Measurement terms denote a specific unit in the measurement system to determine the amount of yarn, thread, etc. to be utilized in the pattern. Here’s the list of common measurement terms that you will come across in most patterns.

AbbreviationDescription
or ininch
cmcentimeter
ggram
mmeter
mmmillimeter
ozounce
ydyard

Pattern Symbols in Crochet & Knit

Along with all the terms and abbreviations, crochet and knit patterns also use some symbols that are common to both. Here is a list of patterns symbols used in crochet and knit.

TermDescription
*Repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* *Repeat the instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat at specified locations
{ }Work the instructions within brackets as many times as directed
[ ]Work the instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( )Follow the instructions within parentheses as many times as directed or work a group of stitches all in the same stitch or space

A simple graphic of the common terms & symbols used in crochet & knit patterns are given below.

terms & symbols in crochet & knit - Aabhar Creations

Along with this, here’s a downloadable PDF of these common terms & symbols used in crochet & knit!

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