Beginner Crochet

Crochet Terms & Abbreviations

Below is a list of crochet terms and abbreviations that you will find online and in crochet books or catalogs.  

Have you ever looked in a book, or on social media, and saw some acronyms and terms you were unfamiliar with? We’ve all done it! Then we head over to our search bar and type in what we don’t know, hoping to come up with a quick answer.

I’ve compiled a list of the most common terms and abbreviations used in books and online for your reference. Keep this chart handy when you’re working or reading, for quick reference!

Crochet Terms and Abbreviations Chart

AbbreviationDefinition
ALTAlternate
BEGBeginning
BTWBetween
BL / BLOBack Loop / Back Loop Only
BOBobble
BPBack Post
BPDC (or HDC/SC)Back Post Double Crochet (or Back Post Half Double Crochet or Single Crochet)
CALCrochet Along – a crochet project where many people create the same project at the same time.  This can be done in person or in an online forum.
CCContrasting Color
CHChain Stitch
CH-SPChain Space
CLCluster
CONTContinue
DCDouble Crochet
DC#TOGDouble Crochet (number of stitches) together
DECDecrease
FL or FLOFront Loop or Front Loop Only
FOLLFollowing
FPFront Post
FPDC (or HDC/SC)Front Post Double Crochet (or Half Double Crochet/Single Crochet
FROGTo undo stitches, or “rip it” out.  Comes from how similar Rip It sounds to ribbit, the sound a frog makes
HDCHalf Double Crocher
HDC#TOGHalf Double Crochet (number of stitches) together
HOTHHot Off The Hook –  term that references a freshly completed project
INCIncrease
LPLoop
MCMain Color
PREVPrevious
REPRepeat
RNDRound
RSRight Side
SCSingle Crochet
SC#TOGSingle Crochet (number of stitches) together
SKSkip
SLSTSlip Stitch
SPSpace
STStitch
TCHTurning Chain
TOGTogether
TRTreble Crochet
WIPWork In Progress
WSWrong Side
YOYarn Over
*Repeat instructions following the *, as many times as indicated
* *Repeat instructions between the *, as many times as indicated
( ) / [ ] / { }Work instructions between the brackets as many times as indicated, in area indicated

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