Common Crochet Terms + Abbreviations with Tutorials

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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. I use US Terms in my crochet patterns.

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.

Be sure to get the free pdf download of this list with links at the bottom of this post!

Crochet Abbreviations (US Terms) + Their Meanings

BL or BLOback loop or back loop only
BPback post
BPdcback post double crochet
BPtrback post treble crochet
CCcontrasting color
chchain stitch
ch-spchain space
dcdouble crochet
dc2togDouble crochet two together
edcextended double crochet
ehdcextended half double crochet
escextended single crochet
FL or FLOfront loop or front loop only
FPdcfront post double crochet
FPtrfront post treble crochet
hdchalf double crochet
hdc2togHalf double crochet two together
MCmain color
RSright side
scsingle crochet
sc2togsingle crochet two together
sl stslip stitch
trtreble crochet
WSwrong side
yoyarn over

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.

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