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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Tutorial: Understanding Crochet Patterns and Diagrams


Crocheters usually refer to patterns or diagrams when starting a project. Patterns are worded instructions, using abbreviations of the stitches while diagrams use symbols to represent the stitches.

There are less than 10 most commonly used abbreviations in a crochet pattern so they're not that hard to remember. Below is a list you could refer to:
ch      chain
sc      single crochet
dc     double crochet
hdc    half double crochet
tr       triple (in UK it's called treble) crochet
sl st   slip stitch
sk     skip
dec   decrease
inc     increase                

For a more comprehensive list of abbreviations, check out this one from the Lion Brand website.

Stitch Diva has a complete list of crochet symbols used in diagrams here.
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