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Common Crochet Abbreviations

Common Crochet Abbreviations UK and Australia

Confusing your double crochet cluster with your double treble crochet? Then check out our handy guide to the most common crochet abbreviations found in patterns today. With definitions for over ninety different abbreviations, be sure to keep this page handy for future patterns!

 

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A

alt Alternate
approx
Approximately

B


 

beg Beginning
bet Between
BL Back Loop, block, or bobble, depending on the context
BP Back Post
BPdc Back Post double crochet
BPsc  Back Post single crochet
BPtr 
Back Post treble crochet

 

C


 

CC Contrasting colour
ch Chain
chsp Chain space
cl Cluster
cm Centimetre
cont Continue or Continued

 

D


 

dc Double Crochet
dc2tog Double Crochet two together
dc2tog  Double crochet 2 stitches together
dc-cl Double crochet cluster
dec Decrease
dtr Double Treble Crochet
dtr  Double treble crochet

 

E


 

eesc  Extra extended single crochet
esc Extended single crochet
esk Edge Solomon's knot
est  Established

 

F


 

fdc  Foundation double crochet
FL Front loop
FO  Finished object
fol/foll Follow
FP  Front post
FPdc Front post double crochet
FPsc   Front post single crochet
FPtr Front post treble crochet
fsc  Foundation single crochet
fwd  Forward pass

 

G


 

gram(s)

 

H


 

half dc/hdc Half double crochet
hdc-cl  Half double crochet cluster
htr Half Treble

 

I


 

inc Increase
incl  Include / including / inclusive

 

L


 

lp(s) Loop(s)
lpst Loop Stitch

 

M


 

m Meter; also mesh
MC  Main colour
miss Miss the number of stitches stated
mm  Millimetre
msk  Main Solomon's knot

 

O


 

opp  Opposite
oz 
Ounce/s

 

P


 

p Picot (chain 2 and work a double crochet on first chain)
pat/patt Pattern
pc/pop Popcorn
PM  Place marker / place a marker
prev  Previous

 

R


 

rem Remaining
rep  Repeat
rev sc Reverse single crochet
RS Right Side 
rtn  Return pass
rtrb Raised Treble Back (worked around the stem of the stitch in the previous row by inserting the hook from the front of your piece)
rtrf Raised Treble Front

 

S


 

sc  Single crochet
sc2tog  Single crochet 2 stitches together
sh  Shell
sk Skip
sl st Slip stitch
sp(s) Space(s)
ss Slip Stitch
st(s) Stitch(es)

 

T


 

tbl  Through back loop
tch Turning Chain
tch/t-ch Turning chain
Tdc  Tunisian double crochet
Tks  Tunisian knit stitch
tog Together
Tps  Tunisian purl stitch
tr Treble Crochet
tr Treble/triple crochet
tr tr/ttr Triple treble crochet
tr-cl Treble crochet cluster
Tss  Tunisian simple stitch

 

U


 

UFO 
Unfinished object


W


 

WIP  Work in progress
WS
Wrong Side 

 

Y


 

yoh Yarn Over Hook

 

Symbols


 

" or in  Inch
() Work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed or work a group of stitches all in the same stitch or space
(..sts) The number within the bracket indicates the number of stitches
Repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed 
** Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat at specified locations 
[…] Repeat the sequence within the square bracket by the number shown
{} Work instructions within brackets as many times as directed