Here is a list of the most common crochet term abbreviations, but by no means is it a complete list.
alt – alternate(ing)
approx. – approximetely
beg – beginning
blo – back loop only
BPdc – Back Post double crochet
BPhdc – Back Post half double crochet
BPsc – back post single crochet
BPtr – back post treble crochet
CC – Contrasting Color
ch – chain
cl – cluster
cont – continue
dbl – double
dbl tr – double treble
dtr – double treble
dc – double crochet
dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
dec – decrease
ea – each
edc – extended double crochet
esc – extended single crochet
flo – front loop only
foll – follow(ing)
FPdc – Front Post double crochet
FPhdc – Front Post half double crochet
FPsc – front post single crochet
FPtr – front post treble crochet
grp – group
hdc – half double crochet
hk – hook
inc – increase
incl – include/including
lp(s) – loop(s)
MC – Main Color
md – meaning round
mds – meaning rounds
Please note for the above 2 abbreviations this is a font issue. It’s actually r n d (without spaces) but some fonts when they put the r and n together it looks like an m.
oz – ounces
pc – popcorn
pm – place marker
prev – previous
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
rev – reverse
rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
rsc – reverse single crochet (also know as the crab stitch)
sc – single crochet
sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
sk – skip
sl st – slip stitch
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
tch – turning chain
tog – together
tr – treble (some now call it triple)
tr tr – triple treble
ufo – un-finished objects
WS – wrong side
x-st – cross stitch
yo – yarn over
yoh – yarn over hook
If you’re looking for one that you don’t see, just let me know and I can add it.
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Thanks for the abbreviation list I am a beginner, and want to learn how to make sweaters, and this really helps.
Glad it is helpful!
What does fsc mean? And I was a little confused with the first line of instructions in round 1 of the baby shell sweater
What does fsc mean? And I was a little confused with the instructions for round one of the baby shell sweater pattetn
Hi Sue, it’s a foundation single crochet. If you’re not familiar with it I can work on getting a tutorial up for it. But in the mean time it’s the equivalent of a chain and single crochet first row.
Does anyone know what the abbreviation Srst means? I’m following a pattern on a ball of Lions Brand yarn and it reads ch 1 turn, Srst 3 ch. never saw this before.
Appreciate the help!
I’m going to assume it should be slst (slip stitch).
How do you work this: ch 1, *FPhdc, hdc [hdc, FPhdc], hdc, FPhdc, hdc *Repeat*. It is confusing
Each stitch between each comma is worked into it’s own stitch and the stitches in the parenthesis are worked into the same stitch. Here’s a more clear way of writing it.
FPhdc in next st, hdc in next st, (hdc, FPhdc) in next st, FPhdc in next st, hdc in next st, repeat from *
Let me know if you need more help.
What is a rftr stitch and how do you do it
Without seeing the pattern I’m going to assume it means right front treble? I’m guessing it may be a pattern with cable stitches that lean?
Hi. First: Thank you so much for posting this. It’s so helpfully!!
Second: I’m lost with is foreign stitch language.
Here’s the example.
6X magic ring
6V, C- 12X
XV*6 , C=18X
Can you either email me or add a link to the pattern here? I may be able to help if I can see more of the pattern.
I’m doing my 1st crochet toy and I am currently at a part in the head where 1st I need change color for approx. half the round and then change color back. In this round there is also an abbreviation I have never seen before and cannot find the meaning for it anywhere. So it says change back to blue, sc, dee, (sc 5, dec) X3. To end that round but I have no idea what Dee means or how to do it.
I’m pretty sure it should be “dec” and it was an error in the pattern.
What does Jim mean in my pattern it says Jim 3 sc
There is no such abbreviation, which makes me think it’s a typo. I would ask the designer.
Hello. I’m looking for what it means when a pattern has the abbreviation just, ‘W’.
The example I’m specifically talking about is in an amigurumi pattern that I’m trying to follow.
One step is as follows and in the round: R2: 1sc, w, 2sc, w, 1sc .
The only explanation I can find online is for ‘WS,’ wrong side, which I’m sure does not apply here.
This isn’t a standard abbreviation in crochet so I’m thinking it’s a designer thing. I thought maybe “work” as in work so many sts across, but that doesn’t make sense there. I would try to contact the designer and ask her. I would love to know what she’s using it for.
How do I work this?
1. Ch 7, starting from second; 5sc, 1w, 4sc, 1inc (14sc)
After you chain 7 you would work a sc in the 2nd chain from the hook and then next 4 (which is the 5sc).
I’m not sure what the “1w” is but I’m assuming it would be to work something in the end/last chain to make the edge rounded.
Then the next steps would be sc in next 4 chains (working in the opposite side of the beg chain) and then an increase in the last one (that also has the 1st sc).
Hope this helps a little.
Hello, W means make 3 single crochet in the same stitch
Interesting, I’ve never seen that one. Thanks.