Crochet Abbreviations

Abbreviation Description Abbreviation Description
[ ]

work instructions within brackets as
many times as directed

FPdc

front post double crochet

( )

work instructions within parentheses as
many times as directed

FPsc

front post single crochet

*

repeat the instructions following the single
asterisk as directed

FPtr

front post treble crochet

* *

repeat instructions between asterisks as
many times as directed or repeat from
a given set of instructions

g

gram

inch(es)

hdc

half double crochet

alt

alternate

inc

increase/increases/increasing

approx

approximately

lp(s)

loops

beg

begin/beginning

m

meter(s)

bet

between

MC

main color

BL

back loop(s)

mm

millimeter(s)

bo

bobble

oz

ounce(s)

BP

back post

p

picot

BPdc

back post double crochet

pat(s) or patt

pattern(s)

BPsc

back post single crochet

pc

popcorn

BPtr

back post treble crochet

pm

place marker

CA

color A

prev

previous

CB

color B

rem

remain/remaining

CC

contrasting color

rep

repeat(s)

ch

chain stitch

rnd(s)

round(s)

ch-

refers to chain or space previously made:
e.g., ch-1 space

RS

right side

ch-sp

chain space

sc

single crochet

CL

cluster

sc2tog

single crochet 2 stitches together

cm

centimeter(s)

sk

skip

cont

continue

Sl st

slip sitich

dc

double crochet

sp(s)

space(s)

dc2tog

double crochet 2 stitches together

st(s)

stitch(es)

dec

decrease/decreases/decreasing

tch or t-ch

turning chain

dtr

double treble

tbl

through back loop

FL

front loop(s)

tog

together

foll

follow/follows/following

tr

treble crochet

FP

front post

trtr

triple treble crochet

WS

wrong side

yd(s)

yard(s)

yo

yarn over

Source: Craft Yarn Council. (link to original source) Last updated on May 14, 2014.
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