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Common Crochet Abbreviations

From sc and sl st to BPdc and yo, this handy guide explains common crochet abbreviations.

approx: approximately
beg: begin/beginning
bet: between
BPdc: back post double crochet
BPsc: back post single crochet
CC: contrasting color
ch(s): chain(s)
ch-: refers to a chain or space previously made, e.g., ch-1 sp
ch-sp: chain space
CL: cluster
cont: continue
dc: double crochet
dc2tog: double crochet 2 stitches together
dec, dec’s, dec’ing, dec’d: decrease, decreases, decreasing, decreased
dtr: double treble crochet
FP: front post
FPdc: front post double crochet
FPsc: front post single crochet
FPtr: front post treble crochet
hdc: half double crochet
inc, inc’s, inc’ing, inc’d: increase, increases, increasing, increased
lp(s): loop(s)
m: marker, markers
MC: main color
pat: pattern
pm: place marker
rem: remain/remaining
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side
sc: single crochet(s)
sc2tog: single crochet 2 stitches together
sk: skip
sl st: slip stitch
sp(s): space(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
t-ch: turning chain
tog: together
tr: treble crochet(s)
trtr: triple treble crochet
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over
( )  work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
[ ]  work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
*  repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
* **  repeat instructions between single and double asterisk as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions