So You Want to Crochet

So, I’ve been working on some crochet projects. Some are my pattern, which I’ll have to try to remember and get it down on paper to share with you guys, and some are patterns I’ve found elsewhere. Either way, if you want to try my patterns, I have some abbreviations, lingo, special stitches, and other things that you might want to check out before you get stuck on something you don’t understand in a pattern and start asking questions about what it means in the comments.

For your ease, everything is listed alphabetically.

crochet hook & yarn stock image

Abbreviations:

  • Approx. – Approximately
  • Beg – Beginning
  • Ch(s) – Chain(s)
  • FDC – Foundation Double Crochet
  • FSC – Foundation Single Crochet
  • HDC – Half double crochet
  • Rep – Repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • Sc2tog – single crochet 2 together
  • Sk – skip
  • Sl Kn – Slip Knot
  • Sl St – Slip Stitch
  • Sp(s) – Space(s)
  • SS – slip stitch
  • YO – Yarn over
  • (pm) – place marker
  • 2stdec – 2 stitch decrease
  • 3stdec – 3 stitch decrease

Special Stitches:

FDC –

  1. Chain 4
  2. YO, insert hook into 4th ch from hook (the first ch made).
  3. YO, pull up a loop – a total of three loops on hook.
  4. YO, pull through first loop (one ch made).
  5. From this point, complete the st like a normal DC. YO, pull through 2 loops.
  6. YO, pull through two loops. You just did one FDC!
  7. YO, insert hook into ch one made in first FDC.
  8. YO, pull up yarn – a total of 3 loops on hook.
  9. YO, pull through one loop – ch one made.
  10. YO, pull through two loops – twice. Second FDC made!
    Continue working like this until you reach the required number of base dc sts for your project.

FSC –

  1. Start with a sl kn on your hook, ch2.
  2. Insert your hook into the second ch from your hook (which is also the first ch made).
  3. YO
  4. Pull the strand of yarn through one loop on your hook (you should now have 2 loops on your hook)
  5. YO
  6. Pull strand of yarn through one loop on your hook (should have 2 loops, again). You just completed the chain portion of the stitch.
  7. YO
  8. Pull strand of yarn through final 2 loops on your hook, ending with 1 remaining loop.
  9. Insert your hook under the 2 loops on the “ch” portion that was made in the precious st. It should seem like your hook is between the ch and sc. It may be easier to see where to insert your hook is you hold your work sideways or upside down.
  10. Repeat steps 3 – 8 to complete the stitch. Continue working like this until you reach the required number of base sc sts for your project.

HDC –

  1. Begin by crocheting a ch.
  2. The first two of your chs are going to count as your first half dc st.
  3. To begin crocheting the next HDC st, take your yarn and wrap it over your hook.
  4. Sk the first two ch from your hook (since those count as the first HDC st); you’ll insert your hook in the third ch st.
  5. After you’ve inserted your hook through the ch st, the next step is to grab the yarn with the hook and pull it through the ch st.
  6. At this point you’ll have three loops on your hook.
  7. What the yarn over your crochet hook again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook.
  8. The HDC st is complete, but you have more to go to complete a row.
  9. Repeat the steps again and again until you’ve worked a HDC into each st in your starting ch.
  10. When you reach the end of the row, and you’ve run out of ch sts to work into, end the row by working two ch st. These will be your turning ch; they allow you to meet the correct height for starting your next row of HDC st. Otherwise ch however many as your turning sts to gain the right height for the sts you’ll be using on your next row in your pattern.

Sc2tog –

  1. Draw up a loop in next st.
  2. Again, draw up a loop in the next st (there should be 3 loops on the hook).
  3. YO
  4. Draw yarn through all 3 loops on the hook (decrease made)

2stdec –

  1. YO
  2. Insert hook through next st
  3. YO and pull through st
  4. YO and pull through first two loops
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4 once
  6. YO and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook

3stdec –

  1. YO
  2. Insert hook through next st
  3. YO and pull through st
  4. YO and pull through first two loops
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4 twice
  6. YO and pull through remaining 3 loops on hook

If there’s any special stitches or specific abbreviations or lingo that is not in this list, feel free to use the contact form and let us know. We would love to hear from you and we would LOVE to make this a huge reference list.

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