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Crochet Abbreviations Master List

Following is a list of crochet abbreviations used in patterns by yarn industry designers and publishers. The most commonly used abbreviations are highlighted. In addition, designers and publishers may use special abbreviations in a pattern, which you might not find on this list. Generally, a definition of special abbreviations is given at the beginning of a book or pattern.

Abbreviation Description   Abbreviation Description
[ ]

work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

  FPdc

front post double crochet

( )

work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed

  FPsc

front post single crochet

*

repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed

  FPtr

front post treble crochet

* *

repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions

  g

gram

inch(es)

  hdc

half double crochet

alt

alternate

  inc

increase/
increases/
increasing

approx

approximately

  lp(s)

loops

beg

begin/beginning

  m

meter(s)

bet

between

  MC

main color

BL

back loop(s)

  mm

millimeter(s)

bo

bobble

  oz

ounce(s)

BP

back post

  p

picot

BPdc

back post double crochet

  pat(s)
or patt

pattern(s)

BPsc

back post single crochet

  pc

popcorn

BPtr

back post treble crochet

  pm

place marker

CA

color A

  prev

previous

CB

color B

  rem

remain/remaining

CC

contrasting color

  rep

repeat(s)

ch

chain stitch

  rnd(s)

round(s)

ch-

efers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space

  RS

right side

ch-sp

chain spac

  sc

single crochet

CL

cluster

  sc2tog

single crochet 2 stitches together

cm

centimeter(s)

  sk

skip

cont

continue

  Sl st

slip sitich

dc

double crochet

  sp(s)

space(s)

dc2tog

double crochet 2 stitches together

  st(s)

stitch(es)

dec

decrease/
decreases/
decreasing

  tch
or t-ch

turning chain

dtr

double treble

  tbl

through back loop

FL

front loop(s)

  tog

together

foll

follow/follows/
following

  tr

treble crochet

FP

front post

  trtr

triple treble crochet

      WS

wrong side

      yd(s)

yard(s)

      yo

yarn over

    yoh

yarn over hook

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