crochet abbreviations and terms

  • Here you will find an extensive list of crochet abbreviations and terms.
  • There are also links to video tutorials.
  • Download an easy to print out PDF at the bottom of this page. 
  • Take a look at the general terms below to get started.

General

[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

( ) work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed

* repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

** repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions

" inch(es)


A

alt - alternate

approx - approximate


B

beg - begin / beginning

bet - between

BL - back loop(s)

bo - bobble

BP - back post

BPdc - back post double crochet

BPsc - back post single crochet

BPtc - back post treble crochet


C

CA - color A

CB - color B

CC - contrasting color

ch - chain stitch (Video Tutorial)

ch- - refers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space

ch-sp - chain space

CL - cluster

cm - centimeter(s)

cont - continue


D

dc - double crochet (Video Tutorial)

dc2tog - double crochet 2 stitches together

dtr - double treble


F

FL - front loop(s)

foll - follow, follows, following

foundation chain - a group of chain stitches (Video Tutorial)

FP - front post

FPdc - front post double crochet

FPsc - front post single crochet

FPtr - front post treble crochet

fsc - foundation single crochet


G

g - gram


H

hch - half double crochet


I

inc - increase, increases, increasing


L

lp(s) - loop(s)


M

m - meter(s)

MC - main color

mm - millimeters


O

oz - ounce(s)


P

p - picot

pat(s) or patt - pattern(s)

pc - popcorn (Video Tutorial)

pm - place marker

prev - previous


R

rem - remain, remaining

rep - repeat(s)

rnd(s) - round(s)

RS - right side


S

sc - single crochet (Video Tutorial)

sc dec - single crochet decrease (Video Tutorial)

sc2tog - single crochet 2 stitches together

sk - skip

Sl st - slip stitch

sp(s) - space(s)

st(s) - stitch(es)


T

tch or tch - turning chain

tbl - through back loop

tog - together

tr - treble crochet (Video Tutorial)

trtr - triple treble crochet


W

WS - wrong side


Y

yd(s) - yard(s)

yoh - yarn over hook


Here is an easy to print out PDF download of the crochet abbreviations and terms.