I thought it would be helpful to have a list of crochet abbreviations and terms available for you on my site. I have created a searchable list below for US Crochet Terms below and I have created a printable copy for you to save for later that includes the basic crochet stitches, symbols and abbreviations. Click here for the >> UK Version of Beginner Crochet Stitches <<. For crochet terms in other languages please visit our Crochet Translation Project and our Basic Crochet Terms Translated Posts. I do have video tutorials for each of these stitches available too. The links have been included below.
Basic 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.
Single Crochet (sc): 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 single crochet (crab stitch)
Half Double Crochet (hdc): 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.
Double Crochet (dc): 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.
Treble Crochet (tr) or Triple Stitch(tr): 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
back loop only (blo)
back post (BP)
back post single crochet (BPsc)
back post half double crochet (BPhdc)
back post double crochet (BPdc)
back post triple (treble) crochet (BPtr)
chain space (ch-sp)
double crochet( dc)
double triple (treble) crochet (dtr)
fasten off / bind off (fo / bo)
follow / follows / following (foll)
front loop (FL)
front loop only flo
front post (FP)
front post single crochet (FPsc)
front post half double crochet (FPhdc)
front post double crochet (FPdc)
front post triple (treble) crochet (FPtr)
half double crochet (hdc)
join / join into ring
magic ring / magic circle (MR)
pattern (pat / patt)
place marker (pm)
repeat from * to * *
reverse single crochet (crab stitch)
right side (correct side) (RS)
right side (opposite of left)
single crochet (sc)
slip stitch (sl st)
space (s) sp (s)
stitches (st(s) or sts)
triple ( or treble ) crochet (tr / trc)
turn the work
work / make
wrong side (WS)
yarn over / yarn over hook (yo / yoh)
For a comparison of the US and UK terms please see this handy chart: