Crochet Information When Using Patterns - Be Sure to Check What the Abbreviations Mean
By Catherine Calder


The crochet abbreviations vary between different countries. Be sure to check where the pattern is from so you know what the abbreviations really mean.

The different stitch names used

In the English-speaking crochet world, the basic stitches have different names. The differences are usually referred to as UK/US or British/American.

Examples of these differences and their usual abbreviations are:

* UK double crochet (DC) = US single crochet (SC)
* UK treble crochet (TR) = US double crochet (DC)
* UK double treble crochet (DTR) = US treble crochet (TR)
* And so on.

Difference between the US and UK crochet terms

Chain Stitch
UK (ch)
US (Ch)

How to do it - Hook through, wrap the yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through to form a new loop.

Slip Stitch
UK (sl st)
US (Sl st)

How to do it - Insert the hook into the work as indicated, wrap the yarn over the hook, and draw the yarn through the work plus the loop on the hook in one movement.

Double Crochet
UK (dc)
US (Sc) Single Crochet.

How to do it - Insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook and draw the yarn through the work only, yarn over hook draw the yarn through both loops on the hook.

Half Treble
UK (htr)
US (Hdc) Half Double Crochet.

How to do it - Wrap yarn over hook and insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook draw through work. Wrap yarn over hook and draw through all 3 loops in the hook.

Treble
UK (tr)
US (Dc) Double Crochet.

How to do it - Wrap yarn over hook and insert the hook into the work, yarn over the hook draw through work. Wrap yarn over hook draw through first 2 loops, then yarn over hook, draw through last two loops.

Double Treble
UK (dtr)
US (Tr) Treble.

How to do it - Wrap the yarn over the hook twice and insert the hook into the work, yarn over hook draw through work. Wrap the yarn over hook, draw through first two loops, yarn over hook draw through next two loops, yarn over hook draw through last two loops.

Miss
UK Miss.
US Skip.

Do not work the particular stitch.

Tension
UK Tension.
US Gauge.

This refers to how lose or tight you crochet your stitches. Some patterns list measurements for a certain number of stitches and/or rows. Crochet a sample and adjust your hook size if required.

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