Crochet Abbreviations & More
Updated: Feb 9
Commonly used Abbreviations and other helpful information for My Crafty Pursuits patterns.
I use US terms and generally crochet from right to left, so that is the way the patterns are written.
Full word &/or Explanation. Some links to various tutorials
Magic Ring- make a loop leaving tail of yarn in back, use hook pull working yarn through the loop and chain, then begin your sc around (Or chain two, work in second chain from hook.) Tutorial: https://youtu.be/Mublc6z5nIE
Stitch / Stitches
chain space, chain one between stitches skipping one crochet space (or multiple if noted)
half double crochet
linked dc is a dc that picks up the 1st loop through the side bar of the previous dc
Can be done with sc, dc, or tr. (ex: sc-v-stitch 1, sc 1 ch 1 sc 1 in same stitch)
chain and slst last chain to first chain (ex: ch3picot, chain 3 and slst into first chain made)
decreasing number of stitches by stitching two or more stitches from the previous row together
can be made with sc, dc, or tr (ex: sc2tog, one sc with pulling bottom loop through two previous stitches)
back bump (or back bar). The back side of the chain, the 3rd loop, when worked in forces the main two loops to one side.
Back Loop Only
Working in the back loop (farthest one from you) of the stitch from the previous Row/Rnd
Front Loops Only
Working in the font loop (closest one from you) of the stitch from the previous Row/Rnd
Working around post (or body) on the front (side facing toward you) of the stitch from the previous Row/Rnd
Working around post (or body) on the back (side facing away from you) of the stitch from the previous Row/Rnd,
Other Notations Helpful to Know in the Patterns
Description and important information to follow
Row: working back and forth
Round: working entire circumference of piece. This could mean working in the side bars of previous rows made.
sN vs Ns
If the number is before the stitch, that number of stitches in one stitch. if the number is after the stitch, that stitch is done over that number of stitches of previous row. Example 5dc = 5 dc in next stitch, dc 5 = dc over the next five stitches
[ sN, sN ] x N
Do what is between the brackets ( […] ) for the indicated number of times (x N). example [sc 1, 2dc, tr 1] x 5: you would single crochet, two double crochet, treble crochet and repeat that sequence five times for a total of 20 stitches across the 15 stitches of the previous row.
The number in parenthesis at the end of the Row/Rnd is the total number of stitches that Row/Rnd should have
Color Change, switching which color yarn is the working color. Tutorial video: https://youtu.be/hGPZOVEZg6k
In general, it is always helpful to read through a pattern particularly the "Notes" section before starting a project. Even though it seems very few people actually do this (I might possibly be one that does not do this each time, unless I am testing a pattern)
Weave in ends with a tapestry needle, a sort tutorial video: https://youtu.be/8As0SHYXxRc
Clean up CC:
More tutorials add with each new pattern released and with each pattern revised.
YouTube Tutorial Videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/@mycraftypursuits/videos
mini add ons, quick tutorials, and other crochet related mini videos on TikTok