Basic Crochet Terms


When you are first learning how to crochet, it can be intimidating if you don’t speak crochet!  Learning the language of crochet opens your mind to the enchanting world of Fiber Arts!  When you know the basic terms, and how to make those stitches…you can create ANYTHING!  Ready to learn??  Let’s begin!

hk = hook

ch = chain

sp = space

st = stitch

sk = skip

sl st = slip stitch

yo = yarn over

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

tr = treble crochet

beg = beginning

inc = increase

dec = decrease

lp = loop

fl – front loop

bl = back loop

dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together

sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

rnd = round

RS = right side

WS = wrong side

These are just a few, but they will begin to help you be able to read crochet patterns!

Here is an example:

ch 4.   sc in second ch from hk, sc in next 2 ch.  ch 1, turn.  2 sc in first st. (inc)  sc in next st.  2 sc in last st. (inc)

So, what that means, is…

chain 4, do a single crochet stitch in second chain from hook, make a single crochet stitch in next 2 stitches, chain 1, turn your work.  Make 2 single crochet stitches in the first stitch of the previous row, (that is an increase) do a single crochet in the next stitch, make 2 single crochet stitches in the last stitch of the row.(that is an increase)

Abbreviating words saves space, and also makes it easier to see what you are doing, or find your place if you’re picking up your work at a later time.  It makes it super easy to read!

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email, or comment below!

Happy Hooking!








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