In this article I will give you a simple guide to crochet abbreviations.
It’s easy to forget once you are established in the art that beginners can have trouble understanding crochet abbreviations.
I’m going to have a look today at why they are useful, when they are best avoided and then provide you with a list of common crochet abbreviations and what they are referring to.
Learn to Crochet step by step
If the above statement didn’t make sense, then bear with me.
I strongly feel that reading a crochet pattern and transforming it into a beautiful or practical piece of art is a lot like reading music and using it to produce a song on an instrument.
Let’s break it down.
When you learn to play the piano you are first sat down at the keys. You are shown that each one make a different note, how they flow together neatly up the keyboard. You learn what each note is called “A – G”.
Once you are happy with the basic manner of holding your hands on the keyboard, sitting up straight and understanding how to press each note, are you introduced to the real score.
The musical notes as set out on the stave.
Because learning something new is a step by step process.
You wouldn’t sit a beginner down at the piano, hand him a score of musical notes and expect him to follow it.
Crochet is no different.
Crochet Abbreviations and Crochet Beginners
When you are learning to crochet, you will find that you aren’t just expected to learn the practical, physical skill of moving the hook through the yarn to make a series of stitches. You are required to learn an entire new language, both written and abbreviated.
For this reason, I believe it’s only fair to let people get used to the actual skill of crochet before filling their head with yet another task.
Whilst you might think there is no difference between the word ‘double crochet’ and the letters ‘dc’, I can assure you to a beginner that there usually is.
Not only is there the mental delay whilst they translate, there is the additional stress of looking at the pattern and failing to recognise what you are confronted with.
For a lot of people, it’s intimidating.
Beginner Crochet Tutorials
For this reason, all of my beginners tutorials on this blog are written in full English.
It makes the pattern more approachable to the audience that it is designed to help.
If you are new to crochet, I want you to enjoy it. More than that, I want you to love it. To become obsessed with it, and eventually start putting together patterns of your own that we can all look at and appreciate.
Crochet may be a solo activity, but the community is enormous and very supportive. We love crochet and crocheters alike!
In order to keep new crocheters crocheting, we need to make those first few experiments as easy, accessible, fun and successful as possible.
Why Do We Use Crochet Abbreviations At All Then?
Now that I’m done banging on about why abbreviations aren’t the best thing for total newbies, please don’t think that I don’t like them.
I love them. Just like every other person whose been crocheting for a while.
Crochet abbreviations are an essential part of a pattern for an established crocheter. Just like sheet music is for the musician.
It allows you to read and therefore react quickly.
It’s far more efficient both for the person writing the pattern and the person following it.
Written in full English, any more complex or advanced pattern would take up pages. With abbreviations it can be reduced by a massive factor.
Basic Crochet Abbreviations List
Here are the translations for some basic crochet abbreviations you will come across in crochet patterns.
If you are starting to learn, why not print it out and stick it in your essentials kit.
And a slightly longer list, for those unable to view the image!
blo back loop only
cc color change
dc double crochet
dc2tog double crochet two stitches together
dnt do not turn
dtr double treble crochet
flo front loop only
mc main color
pm place marker
ps puff stitch
qtr quadruple treble
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
tr treble crochet
yoh yarn over hook