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Abbreviations & Conversions

 

In my blog post entitled Crochet Terminology: US or UK https://crochetclassescapetown.co.za/blog/item/15-crochet-terminology-us-or-uk I detailed the differences between US and UK terminology in crochet patterns.

In this tutorial I would like to explain exactly how the stitches are formed and how to convert your pattern, if you need to.

When reading a pattern it is important to be aware of the differences and to know how to interpret them as it will affect the final outcome of your project.

Designers either write patterns in US or UK terminology. It is important that a crocheter understands both.

Always double check the pattern in order to determine which terminology the designer used.

The easiest way to do this is to:

  • check whether the designer has clearly stated UK or US Terminology (most modern patterns will use this method)
  • If the pattern calls for Sc (Single Crochet) then the designer has used US Terminology as this abbreviation, in particular, is not used in patterns of UK origin

 Below is a list of the differences and their explanations:

Terminology: 

  • Chain
    • UK Method - yarn over hook, pull through
    • US Method - yarn over hook, pull through
    • UK Abbreviation - Ch
    • US Abbreviation - Ch
  • Slip Stitch
    • UK Method - insert hook, pull up a loop and pull through
    • US Method - insert hook, pull up a loop and pull through
    • UK Abbreviation - Sl St
    • US Abbreviation - Sl St OR Ss
  • Double Crochet – THIS IS WHERE THE DIFFERENCES START
    • UK Method - insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • US Method - insert hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • UK Abbreviation - Dc
    • US Abbreviation - Sc (Single Crochet)
  • Half Treble
    • UK Method - yarn over, insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops
    • US Method - yarn over, insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops
    • UK Abbreviation - Htr
    • US Abbreviation - Hdc (Half Double Crochet)
  • Treble
    • UK Method - yarn over, insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • US Method - yarn over, insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • UK Abbreviation - Tr
    • US Abbreviation - Dc (Double Crochet)
  • Double Treble
    • UK Method - yarn over TWICE , insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • US Method - yarn over TWICE , insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • UK Abbreviation - Dtr
    • US Abbreviation - Tr (Treble)
  • Triple Treble
    • UK Method
      • yarn over 3 TIMES , insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • US Method
      • yarn over 3 TIMES , insert hook into space, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops
    • UK Abbreviation - Ttr
    • US Abbreviation - Dtr (Double Treble)

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