Crochet Abbreviations

crochet abbreviations

Crochet abbreviations are also known as an alphabet of crochet stitches and a soul of crochet patterns. Yes, I call them that :) So, crochet abbreviations are the shortened names for crochet stitches and actions. You can find them at the beginning of each pattern. Read them thoroughly because not all designers use the standard crochet terms in their patterns. I also do so and I know it is possible. If you use my patterns then you may noticed that :)

I use crochet abbreviations to save space and time. That is why it looks like foreign language but don’t be afraid it’s an international language for all crocheters. There are two kinds of language: American and British Crochet Terms

You can also find brackets, parentheses, asterisk and double asterisks in my patterns. Crochet abbreviations in the parentheses and brackets mean that you need to work instructions as many times as directed. An asterisk shows you from where you must start repeating a set of instructions. Double asterisks show you where you must end the set of instructions.

Below you’ll find examples of crochet abbreviations:


sc – single crochet

sl st – slip stitch

ch – chain stitch

dc – doble crochet

hdc – half double crochet

tc – triple crochet

dtr – double triple crochet

bpdc – back post double crochet

fpdc – front post double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

cluster stitch

bobble stitch

popcorn stitch

puff stitch




cont – continue

dec – decrease

inc – increase

rep – repeat

sk – skip

yo -yarn over


[ ]  – Repeat instructions between brackets

( ) –  Repeat instructions between parenthesis

*, ** –  Repeat instructions between asterisks

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