Crochet Abbreviations Handy Guide

Crochet Abbreviations

When you learned to crochet you thought...Hey, this is going to be a fun and easy craft. Then you picked up your first crochet pattern and realized you may just need to learn a new language! We're here to make reading a crochet pattern easy to understand and follow. Why are there crochet abbreviations? Crochet terms written out, actually, take a up a lot of space and be cumbersome to both write and read. So, designers and yarn companies have created standard terms and abbreviations to make it much simpler to follow. Print off these abbreviations and keep them in your yarn basket, it will make crocheting easy to follow and fun!

Crochet Abbreviation Definition
alt alternate
approx approximately
beg beginning
bet between
BL back loop(s)
BP back post
BPdc back post double crochet
BPsc back post single crochet
BPtc back post treble crochet
ch chain stitch
ch-sp chain space
cl cluster
CC contrast color
cont continue
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet 2 stitches together
dec decrease/decreasing
dtr double treble crochet
foll follow, following
fl front loop(s)
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
lp(s) loop(s)
MC main color
patt pattern
pm place marker
rem remaining
rep repeat
RS right side of work/project
rnd(s) round(s)
sc single crochet
sc2tog single crochet 2 stitches together
sk skip
sl st slip stitch
sp(s) space(s)
st(s) stitch(es)
t-ch turning chain
tbl through back loop
tog together
tr treble crochet
trtr triple treble crochet
WS wrong side of work/project
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over