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Free Crochet Tutorial in UK Terms, US terms included.

If you can read symbols you can follow any pattern in any language providing it has a symbol chart.

I am starting with the more commonly used symbols for the simple stitches and will add the more complex symbols for combination stitches as soon as I am able.  The plan is to add a few new ones each week, so please come back frequently to check for more.

Some of the stitches are linked to pages with photo tutorials.

Basic Stitches

Symbol UK US Description
Start Row Start Row Start Row  
Finish Row Finish Row Finish Row  
chain Chain
 
ch
Chain
 
ch
Yarn over hook, pull through loop on hook
Slip Stitch Slip Stitch
 
ss
Slip Stitch
 
slst
Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull through everything on the hook so that you only have one loop left.
Double Crochet Double Crochet
 
dc
Single Crochet
 
sc
Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 2 loops on the hook.
Half Treble Half Treble
 
htr
Half Double
 
hdc
Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 3 loops on the hook.
Treble Treble Crochet
 
tr
Double Crochet
 
dc
Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yoh and pull through the 2 remaining loops on the hook.
Double Treble Double Treble
 
dtr
Triple Crochet
 
tr
Yoh twice, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 4 loops on the hook.
(Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook) 3 times.

Increasing Stitches

Symbol UK US Description
Double Crochet 2 Increase Double Crochet 2 Increase
 
2dc
Single Crochet 2 Increase
 
2dc
(Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 2 loops on the hook) twice.
Double Crochet 3 Increase Double Crochet 3 Increase
 
3dc
Single Crochet 3 Increase
 
3dc
(Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 2 loops on the hook) three times.
Double Crochet 4 Increase Double Crochet 4 Increase
 
4dc
Single Crochet 4 Increase
 
4dc
(Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 2 loops on the hook) four times.
Double Crochet 5 Increase Double Crochet 5 Increase
 
5dc
Single Crochet 5 Increase
 
5dc
(Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 2 loops on the hook) four times.
Treble Crochet 2 Decrease Treble Crochet 2 Increase
 
2tr
Double Crochet 2 Increase
 
2dc
(Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yoh and pull through the 2 remaining loops on the hook) twice.
Treble Crochet 3 Decrease Treble Crochet 3 Increase
 
3tr
Double Crochet 3 Increase
 
3dc
(Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yoh and pull through the 2 remaining loops on the hook) three times.
Treble Crochet 4 Decrease Treble Crochet 4 Increase
 
4tr
Double Crochet 4 Increase
 
4dc
(Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yoh and pull through the 2 remaining loops on the hook) four times.
Treble Crochet 5 Decrease Treble Crochet 5 Increase
 
5tr
Double Crochet 5 Increase
 
5dc
(Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through so that you have 3 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook, yoh and pull through the 2 remaining loops on the hook) five times.

Decreasing Stitches

Symbol UK US Description
Double Crochet 2 Decrease Double Crochet 2 Decrease
 
dc2tog
Single Crochet 2 Decrease
 
sc2tog
Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Insert hook in next stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Yoh and pull through the 3 loops on the hook.
Double Crochet 3 Decrease Double Crochet 3 Decrease
 
dc3tog
Single Crochet 3 Decrease
 
sc3tog
Insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
(Insert hook in next stitch, yoh and pull a loop through) twice.
Yoh and pull through the 4 loops on the hook.
Double Crochet 2 Decrease Treble Crochet 2 Decrease
 
tr2tog
Double Crochet 2 Decrease
 
dc2tog
Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh, insert hook in next stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook.
Yoh and pull through the 3 loops on the hook.
Double Crochet 3 Decrease Treble Crochet 3 Decrease
 
tr2tog
Double Crochet 3 Decrease
 
dc2tog
Yoh, insert hook in stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook.
(Yoh, insert hook in next stitch, yoh and pull a loop through.
Yoh and pull through 2 loops on the hook) twice.
Yoh and pull through the 4 loops on the hook.

Raised Stitches

Raised stitches are worked around the stem of the stitch in a previous row.

Symbol UK US Description
Raised Front Stitch Raised Front Stitch Front Post Stitch The hook is inserted around the stem of the stitch from the front to the back.
Raised Back Stitch Raised Back Stitch Back Post Stitch The hook is inserted around the stem of the stitch from the back to the front.
Raised Double Front Raised Double Front
 
rdcf
Front Post Single
 
fpsc
Insert hook around stem of st from front to back, yoh and pull through a loop.
yoh and pull through two loops on hook.
Raised Double Back Raised Double Back
 
rdcb
Back Post Single
 
bpsc
Insert hook around stem of st from back to front, yoh and pull through a loop.
yoh and pull through two loops on hook.
Raised Treble Front Raised Treble Front
 
rtrf
Front Post Double
 
fpdc
Yoh, insert hook around stem of st from front to back, yoh and pull through a loop.
(Yoh and pull through two loops on hook) twice.
Raised Treble Back Raised Treble Back
 
rtrb
Back Post Double
 
bpdc
Yoh, insert hook around stem of st from back to front, yoh and pull through a loop.
(Yoh and pull through two loops on hook) twice.
Raised Double Treble Front Raised Treble Double Front
 
rdtrf
Front Post Triple
 
fpdc
Yoh twice, insert hook around stem of st from front to back, yoh and pull through a loop.
(Yoh and pull through two loops on hook) three times.
Raised Double Treble Back Raised Double Treble Back
 
rdtrb
Back Post Triple
 
bpdc
Yoh twice, insert hook around stem of st from back to front, yoh and pull through a loop.
(Yoh and pull through two loops on hook) three times.