Learning to crochet includes learning all the abbreviations used in written crochet patterns. Some crochet abbreviations make sense, but some are more challenging to understand.
It’s important to know specifically the terms in your written crochet pattern. Although overwhelming at first, knowing the most common abbreviations will come quickly the more you use them.
Below I include a chart with the most common abbreviations and their descriptions. This is not an all inclusive list, but the more frequently used ones.
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Here I include the list of abbreviations. Below there are also linked tutorials, if you would like further demonstration.
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Crochet Abbreviations + Their Meanings
BL or BLO
back loop or back loop only
back post double crochet
back post treble crochet
Double crochet two together
extended double crochet
extended half double crochet
extended single crochet
FL or FLO
front loop or front loop only
front post double crochet
front post treble crochet
half double crochet
Half double crochet two together
single crochet two together
Common Crochet Stitches and Abbreviations
Learn about some of the common crochet terms and their abbreviations. Each stitch has it's own abbreviation. Find the tutorial for the most common crochet stitch techniques here, including the abbreviation.
Learn how to crochet the Back Post Double Crochet Stitch. This crochet stitch goes around the post of another stitch, instead of in the top. The tutorial below includes step by step instructions for the Back Post Double Crochet.
Learn how to crochet the double crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to crochet the dc, or double crochet stitch. The step by step tutorial includes photos on how to crochet the double crochet stitch.
Learn how to crochet the front loop only double crochet stitch in this step by step tutorial. The double crochet is usually worked under both loops of a stitch. To crochet under the front loop, work into the loop closest to you.
Learn how to crochet the Front Post Treble Crochet Stitch. This tall crochet stitch goes around the post of another stitch, instead of in the top. The crochet tutorial includes step by step photos for the Front Post Treble Crochet.