Understanding crochet patterns

Ch, yo, sc, dc, hdc, dctog, sl st, fpdc, bpdc…WHAT IS ALL THIS GIBBERISH?!

Why, it’s just crochet pattern abbreviations! Learning how to crochet is one thing, but learning how to read the patterns takes some patience. I found that it was almost like learning a new language, but I picked it up fast and now I am a pattern master! You too, can become a master!

Beginners usually stick to the basics so I will try and cover the beginning abbreviations only.

ch – CHAIN

This is referring to either a starting chain or any chains between stitches. All projects start with the basic chain stitch.

yo – YARN OVER

The act of moving the yarn over the hook to start a stitch.

sc – SINGLE CROCHET

The simple start to any beginners’ projects

dc – DOUBLE CROCHET

another beginners’ stitch

hdc – HALF DOUBLE CROCHET

In the beginning, you will be using these basic abbreviations to make your first project. If you have yarn, hooks and a tapestry needle and you are ready to start on your first project, you can make a practice swatch by following this tutorial.
Crochet for beginners
Good luck and happy hooking!

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