I thought it would be handy to have a list of crochet abbreviations and terms available for you on the site. I have created a searchable list below for UK Crochet Terms and I have created a pinnable image for you for the beginner crochet stitches, symbols and abbreviations. Click here for the >> US Beginner Crochet Stitches Cheat Sheet <<. For crochet terms in other languages please visit our Crochet Translation Project and our Basic Crochet Terms Translated Posts.
Beginner Crochet Stitches Glossary
Slip Stitch (sl st): Insert your hook into the specified stitch. Yarn over the hook and pull up a loop and pull the same loop through the loop on your hook.
Double Crochet (dc): Insert your hook under both loops (the front and back loop) of the stitch indicated; yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop (you now have 2 loops on the hook); yarn over the hook and pull through both loops on the hook.
SOMETIMES YOU WILL SEE THE SINGLE CROCHET LIKE THIS:
occasionally this is used to represent the reverse double crochet (crab stitch)
Half Treble Crochet (htr): Yarn over the hook, insert your hook into the specified stitch; yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook and draw through all three loops on the hook.
Treble Crochet (tr): Yarn over the hook. Insert your hook into the specified stitch; yarn over the hook and pull up 1 loop. There are three loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook and draw through two of the loops on your hook. Two loops remain on the hook. Yarn over the hook and draw through the remaining two loops.
Double Treble Crochet (dtr): Yarn over the hook 2 times. Insert your hook into the specified stitch and yarn over the hook. Pull up 1 loop. You now have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook. You now have 3 loops on your hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook. You now have 2 loops on your hook. Yarn over the hook and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook to complete the stitch.
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You can watch all the basic stitches listed above in this post: Learn to Crochet Stitch Series
The following video is a quick stitch guide showing you all the stitches in approximately 3 minutes:
More Crochet Terms
U.K. Crochet Terms
back loop only (blo)
back post (BP)
back post double crochet (BPdc)
back post half treble crochet (BPhtr)
back post treble crochet (BPtr)
back post double treble crochet (BPdtr)
chain space (ch-sp)
triple treble crochet
follow / follows / following (foll)
front loop (FL)
front loop only (flo)
front post (FP)
front post double crochet (FPdc)
front post half treble crochet (FPhtr)
front post treble crochet (FPtr)
front post double treble crochet (FPdtr)
half treble crochet (htr)
join into ring
pattern (pat / patt)
place marker (pm)
repeat from * to * *
reverse double crochet (crab stitch)
right side (correct side) (RS)
right side (opposite of left)
double crochet (dc)
single crochet (sc)
space (s) sp (s)
stitches (st(s) or sts)
double treble crochet (dtr)
turn the work
wrong side (WS)
yarn over hook (yoh)
For a comparison of the US and UK terms please see this handy chart: