Common Crochet Pattern Abbreviations

Compiled from various sources by Cheryl Dee Floyd
ABBREVIATION
UK/AU/NZ
DESCRIPTION
[ ]
 
Work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( )
 
Work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
*
 
Repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* *
 
Repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed
 
Inch(es)
alt
 
Alternate
approx
 
Approximately
att
 
Attach(ed)
beg
 
Begin/beginning
bet or betw
 
Between
bk
 
Back
bl
 
Back loop(s)
blo
 
Back loop only
bo or bob
 
Bobble
bp
 
Back post
bpdc
RtrB
Back post double crochet (UK – raised treble back)
bpsc
RdcB
Back post single crochet (UK – raised double back)
bptr
RdtrB
Back post treble crochet (UK – raised double-treble back)
ca
 
Color A
cb
 
Color B
cc
 
Contrasting color
ch
 
Chain stitch
ch-
 
Refers to chain or space previously made: e.g., ch-1 space
ch-sp
 
Chain space
cl
 
Cluster
cm
 
Centimeter(s)
cont
 
Continue
ctr
 
Center
dc
tr
Double crochet (UK - treble crochet)
dc2tog
tr3tog
Double crochet 2 stitches together (UK - treble crochet 2 stitches together)
dec
 
Decrease/decreases/decreasing
dtr
trtr
Double treble (UK - triple treble)
dup
 
Duplicate
ea
 
Each
fl
 
Front loop(s)
foll
 
Follow/follows/following
fp
 
Front post
fpdc
RtrF
Front post double crochet (UK – raised treble front)
fpsc
RdcF
Front post single crochet (UK – raised double front)
fptr
RdtrF
Front post treble crochet (UK – raised double-treble front)
fr
 
Front
g
 
Gram
gp
 
Group
hdc
htr
Half double crochet (UK - half treble crochet)
hdc2tog
htr2tog
Half double crochet 2 sts together (UK - half treble crochet 2 sts together)
inc
 
Increase/increases/increasing
lp(s)
 
Loops
m
 
Meter(s)
mc
 
Main color
mm
 
Millimeter(s)
nbr
 
Number
oz
 
Ounce(s)
p
 
Picot
pat(s) or patt
 
Pattern(s)
pc
 
Popcorn
pm
 
Place marker
prev
 
Previous/previously
pt
 
Point
rem
 
Remain/remaining
rep(s)
 
Repeat(s)
rnd(s)
 
Round(s)
rs
 
Right side
sc
dc
Single crochet (UK - double crochet)
sc2tog
dc2tog
Single crochet 2 stitches together (UK - double crochet two stitches together)
sk
 
Skip (UK - miss)
sl st
 
Slip stich
sp(s)
 
Space(s)
spl sc
spl dc
Split single crochet (UK – split double crochet)
sstj
 
Slip stitch to join
std
 
Standing or standard
st(s)
 
Stitch(es)
tbl
 
Through back loop
tch or t-ch
 
Turning chain
thru
 
Through
tog
 
Together
tr
dtr
Treble crochet (UK – double treble)
trtr
 
Triple treble crochet (UK –quad treble)
w/
 
With
w/o
 
Without
wk
 
Work/working
ws
 
Wrong side
yd(s)
 
Yard(s)
yo
yoh, yrh
Yarn over (UK – yarn over or round hook)
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