Crocheting Abbreviations

Have you ever stumbled upon terms and meanings for different things and didn’t have any clue what they meant? Me too!

Now here is your one-stop shop for all things crochet-related. Below you will find all the terms I know and some I don’t, I’m sure! The layout of this page will be a little different; first I will include the abbreviation and then the full description of the word. If you have any suggestions or comments, be sure to visit the Contact Us page.

U.S. Crochet Terminology

alt = alternate

approx = approximately

beg = begin/beginning

bet = between

BL or BLO = back loop or back loop only

bo = bobble

BP = back post

BPdc = back post double crochet

BPdtr = back post double treble crochet

BPhdc = back post half double crochet

BPsc = back post single crochet

BPtr = back post treble crochet

CC = contrasting color

ch = chain

ch- = referring to chain or space previously made, e.g., ch-1 space

ch-sp = chain space

CL = cluster

cont = continue

dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together

dec = decrease

dtr = double treble crochet

edc = extended double crochet

ehdc = extended half double crochet

esc = extended single crochet

etr = extended treble crochet

FL or FLO = front loop or front loop only

foll = following

FP = front post

FPdc = front post double crochet

FPdtr = front post double treble crochet

FPhdc = front post half double crochet

FPsc = front post single crochet

FPtr = front post treble crochet

hdc = half double crochet

hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 stitches together

HOTH = hot off the hook

inc = increase

lp = loop

m = marker

MC = main color

pat or patt = pattern

pc = popcorn stitch

pm = place marker

prev = previous

ps or puff = puff stitch

rem = remaining

rep = repeat

rnd = round

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

sh = shell

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

sm or sl m = slip marker

sp = space

st = stitch

tbl = through back loop

tch or t-ch = turning chain

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

tr2tog = treble crochet 2 stitches together

trtr = triple treble crochet

WIP = work in progress

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over

yoh = yarn over hook

Terms & Common Measurements

* repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

** repeat instructions between asterisk as many times as directed or repeat at specified locations

{ } or [ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

( ) work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed or work a group of stitches all in the same stitch or space

Below are some common measurements

“ or in = inch

cm = centimeter

g = gram

m = meter

mm = millimeter

oz = ounce

yd = yard

Tunisian Abbreviations

etss = extended Tunisian simple stitch

FwP = forward pass

RetP = return pass

tdc = Tunisian double crochet

tfs = Tunisian full stitch

thdc = Tunisian half double crochet

tks = Tunisian knit stitch

tps = Tunisian purl stitch

trs = Tunisian reverse stitch

tsc = Tunisian single crochet

tss = Tunisian simple stitch

tslst = Tunisian slip stitch

ttr = Tunisian treble crochet

ttw = Tunisian twisted

There can be quite a difference between U.S., U.K. and Canada abbreviations but since I live in the United States, all of the terms in this section are American terms. If you’d like the U.K., Canadian, or other examples of abbreviations types, leave a comment!

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