Stitch Abbreviations and Glossary

This glossary uses US stitch names you can have a look at the differences between US and British terminology here. Thank you to my Instagram friend Amanda Guthrie for providing the link :).
I give the abbreviation first, because that’s usually what you are faced with in a pattern. Those of us who read crochet just whizz through a pattern without a problem but to the crochet newbies something like thisCH 3 (counts as DC), 2 DC btw DC of next 2 DC groups, CH 2 etc’ probably looks like a chemical formula or something like that!
The glossary is not alphabetical it’s in the order that you would usually perform the task in; so I start with the chain, then stitch, yarn over and then from smallest stitch moving up followed by more complicated stitches, such as the Front Post.I also plan on adding Tunisian crochet stitches.
I will be adding to this list as I go along and if you feel I am leaving something out please let me know.
I will not add stitch patterns here, only individual stitches.
  • YOyarn over (also YOH – yarn over hook): the action of winding the yarn over the crochet hook to create a loop
  • CH - Chain: make a slip knot, place on hook, YO and pull through loop
  • MR - Magic Ring (also Magic Loop or Adjustable Ring): Make a large loop with the end of the yarn lying on top of the working yarn.
    Hold the loop with your thumb and forefinger, insert the hook and pull the working yarn through. Chain 1 to lock the loop. Pretend that the looped yarn is a row of stitches and work the required number of stitches into the loop. Once you have completed the stitches pull the end of the yarn to tighten the loop and close the hole.
    The magic ring is useful for amigurumi or in any piece worked in the round where you don’t want to have a hole in the center.
    Don’t worry, I will have a photo tutorial on how to make a Magic Ring soon! 
  • ST – Stitch: usually referring to the stitch in the previous row/round.
  • T-CH - Turning Chain: this is used at the end of a row when working on a flat piece of crochet. Depending on the ST you will have one or more turning chains.
    Remember that you will need to add a turning chain at the end of your foundation chain too, or you will have one less ST than you actually should have.
  • SSSlip Stitch: insert hook into ST , YO pull through ST (1 loop on hook) and loop on hook
  • SCSingle Crochet: insert hook into ST , YO pull through ST (2 loops on hook), YO pull through 2 loops on hook
  • HDC –  Half Double Crochet: YO, insert hook into ST, YO pull through ST (3 loops on hook), YO pull through 3 loops on hook
  • DCDouble Crochet: YO, insert hook into ST, YO pull through ST (3 loops on hook), YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook
  • HTC - Half Treble Crochet: YO twice, insert hook into ST, Yo pull through ST (4 loops on hook), YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 3 loops on hook (I think I made this stitch up, I just find that sometimes I need a stitch that’s a bit longer than a DC but not as long as a TC. hahaha)
  • TC - Treble Crochet: YO twice, insert hook into ST, YO pull through ST (4 loops on hook), YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops on hook
  • FP - Front Post: work around the post of the stitch by inserting the hook between posts; from the front to the back and to the front again.
    Another photo tutorial soon on the way.

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