Crochet Shorthand

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To read most patterns, you have to know the abbreviations used.  Most books containing patterns will have a section where they list their abbreviations.  Online, there may or may not be indication, though there often is.

For more information, see the page on reading patterns.

The basic stitches are:

  • Chain = ch
  • Slip Stitch = sl st
  • Single Crochet = sc
  • Double Crochet = dc
  • Half Double Crochet = hdc
  • Treble (or Triple) Crochet = tr
  • Double Treble Crochet = dtr

Some special “notes” that may be included are:

  • Increase = inc
    • Example: sc inc means increase by single crochet
  • Decrease = dec
    • Example: sc dec means decrease by single crochet
  • Space = sp
    • Example: sc 2 in same sp means single crochet, then in the same space, single crochet again
  • Round = rnd
    • One path around your round object

Other notation:

  • Asterisks (**) or Parenthesis (()) around instructions
    This means to repeat these instructions.  The number of times to be repeated should be indicated.

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