When looking at a pattern to create something using the needlecraft known as crochet, you are bound to run into a lot of crochet abbreviations. Abbreviations are meant to make patterns more succinct and easier to follower by standardizing the methodology of crocheting. However, if you don't know all of these important shorthand terms, they can be awfully confusing.
The next time you're working with a new crochet pattern or you're browsing through your favorite crochet website or magazine, be sure to keep this list of abbreviations handy and you'll commit them to memory in no time at all.
Listed below are several of the most common crochet abbreviations used by amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals alike. They're organized here in alphabetical order for your convenience.
Some catalogues, designs and patterns use their own abbreviation system to tell you how to complete a craft. You have to be careful to check and see if the pattern is using non-standard abbreviations. Otherwise, you could be caught in quite the loop and it may be difficult to needle your way back out again.
Usually a list of the correct crochet abbreviations can be found at the end of a pattern or at the back of a book. Be sure to check there before starting on any new crafting project. If you are looking for more information about abbreviations used in crochet patterns, be sure to check out a crocheting book that gives a more comprehensive list of crochet abbreviations and their meanings.