crochet abbreviations

Crochet Abbreviations

Crochet patterns use crochet abbreviations that newbies may find confusing. So, use our handy guide for common crochet abbreviations!

Some common crochet abbreviations are always used in patterns, and there’s no explanation about them in the pattern. For a newbie, it can seem like gibberish or a completely different language.  

But, once you get used to these abbreviations and what they mean, you’ll be reading patterns like a pro!

We have put together a list of crochet abbreviations that are most used by yarn industry designers and publishers. These definitions reflect the US crochet terminology.

Crochet Abbreviations

AbbreviationDescription
altalternate
approxapproximately
befbefore
begbeginning
betbetween
blback loop
bloback loop only
bpback post
bpdcback post double crochet
bpdtrback post double treble crochet
bphdcback post half double crochet
bpscback post single crochet
bptrback post treble crochet
CCcontrast color
chchain
ch-spchain space
clcluster
contcontinue
dcdouble crochet
dc2togwork two double crochet together
dcbpback post double crochet
dcfpfront post double crochet
decdecrease
dtrdouble treble
eaeach
estestablished
fdcfoundation double crochet
fhdcfoundation half double crochet
flfront loop
flofront loop only
fofasten off
follfollowing
fpfront post
fpdcfront post double crochet
fpdtrfront post double treble crochet
fphdcfront post half double crochet
fpscfront post single crochet
fptrfront post treble crochet
fscfoundation single crochet
hdchalf double crochet
hdc2togwork two half double crochet together
hkhook
incincrease
lploop
mstitch marker
MCmain color
patpattern
pmplace marker
prevprevious
puffpuff stitch
remremaining
reprepeat
rndround
RSright side
scsingle crochet
sc2togwork two single crochet together
shshell
skskip
slslip
sl stslip stitch
smslip marker
spspace
ststitch
togtogether
trtreble crochet
trtrtriple treble crochet
tr2togwork two treble crochet together
WSwrong side
yoyarn over
yohyarn over hook
yrhyarn round hook

This is by no way a comprehensive list as a publisher may use some unique abbreviations in a pattern that might not be on this list. In such cases, a definition of the particular abbreviation is given at the beginning or end of the pattern or the book.

Crochet Abbreviations Aabhar Creations

Here’s a downloadable PDF of these abbreviations for you!

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