CROCHET ABBREVIATIONS

Below is a list of the most common written crochet abbreviations. Because all designers do not use all of the standard abbreviations, you may encounter abbreviations that are not contained in this list. Always make sure to check your patterns notes section for the abbreviation key specific to that designer and pattern. Also make sure to read over the entire pattern before beginning your project. For video tutorials on how to do any type of crochet stitch click here.

ABBREVIATION
DEFINITION
3rd loops
stitch into the 3rd loops only
CA
colour A
CC
colour C or contrasting colour or Colour C
HOTH
hot off the hook
MC
magic circle or main colour
RS
right side
WS
Wrong side
alt
alternate
approx
approximately
beg
beginning
bet
between
blo
back loops only
bo
bobble
bp
back post
bpdc
back post double crochet
bpdtr
back post double treble crochet
bphdc
back post half double crochet
bpsc
back post single crochet
bptr
back post treble crochet
ch(s)
chain(s)
chsp
chain space
cl
cluster
cont
continue
csdc
chainless starting double crochet
dc
double crochet
dc2tog
double crochet 2 stitches together
dec
decrease
drop st
drop stitch
dtr
double treble crochet
edc
extended double crochet
ehdc
extended half double crochet
esc or exsc
extended single crochet
etr
extended treble crochet
fdc
foundation double crochet
fhdc
foundation half double crochet
flo
front loops only
fo
finished object or finish off
foll
following
fp
front post
fpdc
front post double crochet
fpdtr
front post double treble crochet
fphdc
front post half double crochet
fpsc
front post single crochet
fptr
front post treble crochet
frog
Term meaning to rip apart your work (after making an error)
fsc
foundation single crochet
hbdc
herringbone double crochet
hbhdc
herring bone half double crochet
hdc
half double crochet
hdc2tog
half double crochet 2 together
hk
hook
inc
increase
lbs
large bean stitch
ldc
linked double crochet
lp(s)
loop(s)
ltr
linked treble crochet
ltr2tog
linked treble 2 together
nontr
nonuple treble crochet
octr
octuple treble crochet
p
picot
pc
popcorn stitch
pm
place marker
prev
previous
puff
puff stitch
rem
remaining
rep
repeat
rnd
round
s-slst
surface slip stitch
sc
single crochet
sc2tog
single crochet 2 together
septtr
septuple treble crochet
sexttr
sextuple treble crochet
sh
shell
sk
skip
slst(s) or sl st(s)
slip stitch(s)
sm
slip marker
sp
space
st
stitch
tbl
Through back loop
tch
Turning chain
tog
Together
tr
Treble crochet
tr2tog
Treble crochet 2 together
trtr
Triple treble crochet
v-st
V stitch (most often a dc1, ch1, dc1 in the same st)
wip
Work in progress
yo
Yarn over
yoh
Yarn over hook
【 】
Repeat instructions between brackets as directed
𝓜
Place a stitch marker (if the 𝓜 is highlighted, use a marker the same colour) Also abbreviated as pm
𝓹 #
photo provided for reference