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Master list of must-have crochet abbreviations

AbbreviationDefinition / Explanation
altalternate(ing)
approxapproximately
BLback loop(s)
BLOback loop(s) only
BPdcback post double crochet: Yo and draw up an lp around the post of the next st at the back of work 1 row below inserting the hook from right to left, (yo and draw through 2 lps on the hook) twice.
BPdtrback post double treble crochet
BPhdcback post half double crochet
BPscback post single crochet
BPtrcback post treble crochet
BPback post: crochet into the post inserting the hook at the back of the work.
begbegin/beginning
betbetween
BObobble: Yo, insert hook into st and pull up an lp. Yo, pull through 2 lps. Rep first step in the same st/sp until you have a total of 6 loops on the hook. Yo, pull through all 6 lps at once. Sc in the next st.
cmcentimeters
chchain
ch-spchain space
CLcluster
CAcolor A
CBcolor B
contcontinue/continuing
CCcontrasting color
x-stcross stitch
decdecrease/decreasing
dbldouble
dc2togdouble crochet 2 stitches together: Yo, insert the hook in the next st, yo, draw the yarn through the st, yo, draw the yarn through the first 2 lps on the hook, yo, insert the hook in the next st, yo, draw the yarn through the st, yo, draw the yarn through the first 2 lps on the hook, yo, draw the yarn through all 3 lps on the hook.
dcdouble crochet: Yo, insert the hook in the st to be worked, yo, draw through the st, yo, draw through the first 2 lps on the hook, yo, draw through the rem 2 lps on the hook
dtr / dbl trdouble treble crochet: Yo the hook 3 times, insert the hook in the st to be worked, yo, draw the yarn through the st (yo and draw through 2 lps on the hook) 4 times.
eaeach
edcextended double crochet
ehdcextended half double crochet
escextended single crochet
follfollow(s)/following
FPdcfrom post double crochet: Yo and draw up an lp around the post of the next st at the front of the work 1 row below inserting the hook from right to left, (yo and draw through 2 lps on the hook) twice.
FLfront loop(s)
FLOfront loop(s) only
FPfront post
FPhdcfront post half double crochet
FPscfront post single crochet
FPtrfront post treble crochet
FPfront post: crochet into the post inserting the hook from right to left at the front of the work.
ggram(s)
grpgroup
hdc2toghalf double crochet 2 stitches together
hdchalf double crochet: Yo, insert the hook in the next st to be worked, yo, draw the yarn through the st, yo, draw the yarn through all 3 lps on the hook.
hkhook
inch(es)
inclinclude/including
incincrease/increases/increasing
lp(s)loop(s)
MCmain color
mmarker
mmeter(s)
mmmillimeter(s)
ozounce(s)
pattpattern(s)
pmplace marker
pcpopcorn stitch
prevprevious
ps/puffpuff stitch
ch-refers to chain or space previously made; e.g., ch-1 sp
remremaining
reprepeat
revreverse
rscreverse single crochet (aka the crab stitch)
RSright side
rndround(s)
md(s)round(s) (a derivative of rnd for rounds. Some fonts show “rn” as an “m”.)
sc2togsingle crochet 2 stitches together: Insert the hook in the next st, yo, draw the yarn through the st (2 lps rem on hook), insert the hook in the next st, yo, draw the yarn through the st (3 lps on hook), yo, draw the yarn through all 3 lps on the hook.
scsingle crochet: Insert the hook in the st, yo, draw the yarn through the st, yo, draw the yarn through 2 lps on the hook.
skskip
sm / sl mslip marker
sl stslip stitch
sp(s)space(s)
st(s)stitch(es)
TBLthrough the back loop or turning back loop
TFLthrough the front loop or turning the front loop.
togtogether
tr2togtreble crochet 2 stitches together
trtreble crochet: Yo twice, insert the hook in the next st to be worked, yo, draw the yarn through st (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through the first 2 lps on the hook, yo, draw through the rem 2 lps on the hook.
trtrtriple treble crochet
TssTunisian simple stitch
Tchturning chain
tchturning chain
ufounfinished object(s)
WSwrong side
yd(s)yard(s)
yoyarn over
yohyarn over hook

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