Brenda Stratton Designs

Innovative Crochet Designs Since 1987

Stitch Guide

The stitches, abbreviations and techniques below highlight the most common ones I use in my designs. I will update it as needed.

Crochet Stitch Abbreviations

beg = begin, begins, beginning

bpdc = back post double crochet

bpsc = back post single crochet

bptr = back post treble crochet

CC = contrasting color

ch(s) = chain(s)

ch- = ch or sp previously worked (i.e., ch-1 sp)

ch sp = chain space

cl(s) = cluster(s)

cm = centimeter(s)

dc = double crochet

dc dec = double crochet decrease

dec = decrease

dtr = double treble crochet

fpdc = front post double crochet

fpsc = front post single crochet

fptr = front post treble crochet

g = gram(s)

hdc = half double crochet

hdc dec = half double crochet decrease

inc = increase, increases, increasing

lp(s) = loop(s)

MC = main color

mm = millimeter(s)

oz(s) = ounce(s)

pc = popcorn(s)

rem = remain, remains, remaining

rep(s) = repeat(s)

rnd(s) = round(s)

RS = right side

sc = single crochet

sc dec = single crochet decrease

sk = skip, skipped, skipping

sl st(s) = slip stitch(es)

sp(s) = space(s)

st(s) = stitch(es)

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

trtr = triple treble

WS = wrong side

yd(s) = yard(s)

yo = yarn over

 

General Crochet Stitches

Slip stitch (sl st): Insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull through st and lp on hook all at once.

Chain (ch): Yo, pull through lp on hook.

Single crochet (sc): Insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull through st, yo, pull through both lps on hook.

Half double crochet (hdc): Yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull lp through st, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Double crochet (dc): Yo, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull lp through st, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Treble (tr): Yo twice, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull lp through st, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 3 times.

Double treble (dtr): Yo 3 times, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull lp through st, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 4 times.

Triple treble (trtr): Yo 4 times, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull lp through st, [yo, pull through 2 lps] 5 times.

 

Decrease Stitches

Single crochet decrease (sc dec): (Insert hook, pull up a lp) in each st indicated, yo, pull through all 3 lps on hook.

Double crochet decrease (dc dec): (Yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps on hook) in each st indicated, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

 

Post Stitches

Front post single crochet (fpsc): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from front to back, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps.

Front post double crochet (fpdc): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from front to back, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Front post treble crochet (fptr): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from front to back, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times.

Back post single crochet (bpsc): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from back to front, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps.

Back post double crochet (bpdc): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from back to front, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps] twice.

Back post treble crochet (fptr): Yo, insert hook around post of st indicated from back to front, yo, pull up a lp, [yo, pull through 2 lps on hook] 3 times.

 

Techniques

Join with a slip stitch (join with a sl st): Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

Join with a single crochet (join with a sc): Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

Join with a double crochet (join with a dc): Place a slip knot on hook, insert hook in st indicated, yo, pull up a lp, yo, pull through 2 lps, yo, pull through all lps on hook.

 

 

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