Crochet Abbreviations

By Rachel Choi – 239 Comments
Abbreviation
Description
[ ] 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
: instructions after (to the right of) the colon indicates the total stitch count for the row
alt alternate
approx approximately
beg begin/beginning
bet between
BL back loop(s)
bo bobble
BP back post
BPdc back post double crochet
BPsc back post single crochet
BPtr back post treble crochet
CA color A
CB color B
CC contrasting color
ch chain stitch
ch- refers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space
ch-sp chain space, the space made by the chain
CL cluster
cm centimeter(s)
cont continue
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
dec decrease/decreases/decreasing
dtr double treble
FL front loop(s)
foll follow/follows/following
FP front post
FPdc front post double crochet
FPsc front post single crochet
FPtr front post treble crochet
g gram
hdc half double crochet
inc increase/increases/increasing
lp(s) loops
m meter(s)
MC main color
mm millimeter(s)
oz ounce(s)
p picot
pat(s) or patt pattern(s)
pc popcorn
pm place marker
prev previous
rem remain/remaining
rep repeat(s)
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
sc single crochet
sc2tog single crochet 2 stitches together
sk skip
sl st slip sitich
sp(s) space(s)
st(s) stitch(es)
tch or t-ch turning chain
tbl through back loop
tog together
tr treble crochet
trtr triple treble crochet
WS wrong side
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over
yoh yarn over hook

Feel free to leave a comment if there are crochet abbreviations that are missing or if you need further explanation of an abbreviation. Your input is greatly appreciated!

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239 Comments

  1. BLO=Back Loop Only
    FLO=Front Loop Only

  2. Toni D says:

    I came across an abbreviation the other day that I had never encountered.

    LDC = Linked Double Crochet

    I found a video on YouTube that explained it quite well by crochetnmore.

    This stitch makes a very nice solid fabric, I fell in love with it!

  3. Wineplz says:

    I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what is meant by “R1″, as in, “Ch 46 
R1. Sc in second ch from hook, and ea. sc across. 
Work 13 rows sc, repeating r1.” Does it simply mean “row 1″ and they just have horrible formatting? Or is it something else?

  4. becky says:

    Hi
    I was just wondering are your patterns written using US or UK crochet terminology?
    I did have a bit of a look round i may have missed it if you did state which you are using

  5. becky says:

    Thank you very much for taking time to awnser my question :)

  6. Mary Simon says:

    I have enjoyed this pattern and anxious to try to crochet it.

  7. swarna says:

    hi ,if we skip 1 stitch how can the row stiches same count as 24 (lines 4 -8)

    • Rachel Choi says:

      Hello! Somewhere on the row you’re probably adding another stitch. If you are using a pattern on Crochet Spot, let me know which one and I can take a closer look at it for you.

  8. Victoria says:

    Thank you so much for this. I am a new coming crocheter, so this abbreviations list really helps.

  9. Victoria says:

    Hi Rachel can you post a pattern for a dolphin? Oh and how do you do a popcorn stitch?

  10. Victoria says:

    Hi rachel do you have any FREE beanie patterns?

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