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Posted by admin on September 9, 2009

When learning how to crochet, you will see that patterns use a lot of abbreviations. These are crochet terms that are shortened to make patterns shorter and easier to read. If you are learning how to crochet you needs understand the basic crochet terms in order to read the patterns accurately.

There are a number of standard crochet terms and abbreviations that are frequently used. Some of these crochet terms pertain to the various stitches used in a section of a pattern, while others refer to colors.

MC is the crochet term for the main color that is used in a pattern.
CC is the secondary or contrasting color used.
YO means to wrap the yarn over the hook and
CH is the crochet term for a chain stitch.

There are even more standard crochet terms:
sc- which means single crochet
dc- meaning double crochet.
hdc- means half-double crochet stitches
tr- means treble crochet stitch
Sl- means slip stitch
Single crochet and double crochet are simply different ways of stitching; all of the terms used are based on a single crochet stitch, which means inserting the crochet hook into a stitch, and wrapping the yarn around the hook and drawing the hook back through the stitch, wrapping the yarn over the hook and lastly drawing through both loops.

If you need further information on a single stitch you can find a step by step sequence here and here for a step by step sequence on a double crochet stitch.

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