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Crochet Abbreviations

Don't forget that UK and US crochet stitch abbreviations differ. All of our patterns are written in UK terms. Follow the handy guide below to ensure you don't get in a muddle.

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chain
ch
Ch Image
slip stitch
ss
Ss Image
double crochet
dc
Dc Image
half treble
htr
Htr Image
treble
tr
Tr Image
double treble
dtr
Dtr Image
triple treble
ttr
Ttr Image
USA USA Flage Image
chain
ch
Ch Image
slip stitch
ss
Ss Image
single crochet
sc
Dc Image
half treble
dc
Htr Image
double
dc
Tr Image
treble
tr
Dtr Image
double treble
dtr
Ttr Image
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Abbreviations (a-p)
Description
alt
alternate
approx
approximately
beg
beginning
ch
chain
ch sp
chain space
cn
cable needle
cont
continue
dc
double crochet
dec
decrease
dtr
double treble
foll
following
htr
half treble
inc
increase
K
knit
kfb
knit into front and back of next stitch
kwise
knitwise
k2tog
knit two together
LH
left-hand
m1
make one stitch by picking up horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it
meas
measures
p
purl
pm
place stitch marker
psso
pass slipped stitch over
pwise
purlwise
p2tog
purl two together
Abbreviations (r-y)
Description
rem
remainig
rep
repeat
rev
reverse
RH
right-hand
RS
right side
skpo
slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
sl 1
slip one stitch
sl st
slip stitch
sm
slip stitch marker
sp(s)
space(s)
ssk
one by one, slip next two stitches knitwise, put left-hand needle through front loops ofboth slipped stitches and knit them together
st(s)
stitch(es)
st st
stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row)
tbl
through back loop
tog
together
tr
treble
Ws
wrong side
wyib
with yarn in back
wyif
with yarn in front
yb
yarn back
wfwd
yarn forward (between knit stitches)
yoh
yarn over hook
yon
yarn over needle (between a purl and a knit stitch)
yrn
yarn round needle between purl stitches and between a knit and a purl stitch)
Crochet Abbreviations / Description
alt
alternate
rem
remainig
approx
approximately
rep
repeat
beg
beginning
rev
reverse
ch
chain
RH
right-hand
ch sp
chain space
RS
right side
cn
cable needle
skpo
slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
cont
continue
sl 1
slip one stitch
dc
double crochet
sl st
slip stitch
dec
decrease
sm
slip stitch marker
dtr
double treble
sp(s)
space(s)
foll
following
ssk
one by one, slip next two stitches knitwise, put left-hand needle through front loops ofboth slipped stitches and knit them together
htr
half treble
st(s)
stitch(es)
inc
increase
st st
stocking stitch (knit one row, purl one row)
K
knit
tbl
through back loop
kfb
knit into front and back of next stitch
tog
together
kwise
knitwise
tr
treble
k2tog
knit two together
Ws
wrong side
LH
left-hand
wyib
with yarn in back
m1
make one stitch by picking up horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it
wyif
with yarn in front
meas
measures
yb
yarn back
p
purl
wfwd
yarn forward (between knit stitches)
pm
place stitch marker
yoh
yarn over hook
psso
pass slipped stitch over
yon
yarn over needle (between a purl and a knit stitch)
pwise
purlwise
trn
yarn round needle between purl stitches and between a knit and a purl stitch)
p2tog
purl two together

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