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Term and Abbreviations

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These are the term and abbreviations which I use in my patterns.

They are mostly the same for all UK based patterns but it is important to read the notes at the beginning of each pattern you use as there may be special stitches used only in that pattern.

Abbreviation (UK) Term (UK) Description
alt Alternative Usually used to tell you to do 2 or more different actions in turn
approx. Approximately An estimated amount
beg Beginning at the front or start of
ch Chain One of the main crochet stitches.
chsp Chain space The space left when working one or more chains in a row
cont Continue or Continued Carry on or carried on
dec Decrease Working 2 or more stitches together to make less stitches in the row.
dc Double Crochet One of the main crochet stitches
dc2tog Double Crochet two together A decreasing stitch
dtr Double Treble Crochet One of the main crochet stitches.
htr Half Treble One of the main crochet stitches.
inc Increase Working 2 or more stitches into the same stitch to increase the number of stitches in a row.
lpst Loop Stitch Used to create a loop as you are working a stitch.
miss   Miss stated number of stitches.  Used when creating patterns or shaping
p Picot chain 2 and work a double crochet in the first ch.
rtrb Raised Treble Back This is a treble worked around the stem of the stitch in the previous row by inserting the hook from the back of the work.
rtrf Raised Treble Front This is a treble worked around the stem of the stitch in the previous row by inserting the hook from the front of the work.
rs Right Side This is the front of the work.
ss Slip Stitch One of the main stitches.  Used mainly for joining or when not wanting to create fabric.
st(s) Stitch(es)  
tog Together
tch Turning Chain This is the chain worked at the beginning of a row, sometimes in place of a stitch, when turning.
tr Treble Crochet One of the main crochet stitches.
yoh Yarn Over Hook Winding the yarn around the hook when forming stitches.  Also called "Yarn Over" (yo).
ws Wrong side This is the back of the work