Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Crochet Abbreviations and International Symbol

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Different books and websites have their own abbreviations, depending on the pattern given. Here, where you can find compilations of crochet abbreviation from them. Crochet pattern are written in special shorthand which is used so that instructions don’t take up too much space. They sometimes seem confusing, but once you learn them, you’ll have no trouble following them.


bal ………………...............................…................….balance
bb……………........................................................…..bobble
beg……………..................................................……beginning
bl……….................................…...........……………back loop
blk …...............................................................………….block
bpdc……...........................…………back post double crochet
bpsc……............................………….back post single crochet
ch ……….....................................................……………chain
cl………...............................................………………..cluster
cl(s)……........................................………………….cluster(s)
cont………........................................………………..continue
dc ……….................................................……..double crochet
dc cl………….........................………….double crochet cluster
dc dec………......................…………..double crochet decrease
dc inc…………......................…………double crochet increase
dec …………......................................................…….decrease
d tr………….....................................……..double treble crochet
fig……………......................................................……….figure
fl……………...................................................………front loop
fpdc………….....................…………..front post double crochet
fpsc…………....................…………….front post single crochet
fptr………................………………….front post treble crochet
g………….......................................................…………..grams
h dc………............................................……..half double crochet
h dc dec…......................…………..half double crochet decrease
inc……….............................................……………increase(ing)
incl……..............................................................………inclusive
lkn…….....................................................…………lover’s knot
lp………..............................................................…………loop
lp(s)………..........................................................……….loop(s)
oz……….............................................................……….ounces
p…………..........................................................................picot
pc…………….............................................…………..popcorn
pc st…………..........................................……….popcorn stitch
prev………...............................................……………..previous
pst………...............................................……………..puff stitch
rem…………...............................................………….remaining
rnd……………..............................................……………round
rpt………………..........................................................….repeat
sc…………………….........................................…single crochet
sc dec………………................………….single crochet decrease
s dc…………………..........................…….short double crochet
sk…………………..........................................……………skip
sl st………………..................................……………..slip stitch
sp………………..................................................……….space
sp(s)……………..............................................………..space(s)
st………………….......................................................…..stitch
st(s)………………...............................................……..stitch(es)
tog………………..................................................…….together
tr or trc……………..........................................…..treble crochet
tr tr…………………………triple crochet(yarn over hook 4 times)
v st……………………...............................................…..v-stitch
yo…………………….................................……..yarn over hook

Standard Symbols:

* (asterisk) or † (dagger) … repeat the instructions following the asterisk or dagger as many times as specified.

** or †† … used for a second set of repeats within one set of instructions.

( ) parenthesis… repeat the instructions in parenthesis as many times as specified. For example: “(ch5, sc in next sc) 5 times” means to work all that is in parenthesis 5 times.

: (colon)…. The number of stitches after a colon tells you the number of stitches you will have when you have completed the row or round.

[ ] brackets and ( ) parenthesis are also used to give you additional information.


          International Symbol



My Hobby

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I usually uploaded a picture of all of my crochet project to my facebook account. There are some people that I don’t know(they just seen my picture by tagging our common friends in my photos), asking  if I sell that crochet project. Some asked where they can get the pattern I made, and some are just curious how I learned; as we all know there are only few people can crochet.

I learned basic crochet stitches when I was in my 5th grade. I just learned the basic stitches and crochet abbreviations, and that’s it. From there, I love looking for a crochet project. My grandmother ( my mother’s godmother in her wedding) have a lot of crochet projects. In their house, there was a set of table cloth, center table, corner table and coffee table crochet projects. I love looking at her creations. At my young age, I started to look at her if I will go to my old age, I want to make like those crochet and add a decoration around in my house. In the afternoon, she was crocheting at the library room, there I just watch her, occasionally, holding the thread while she’s crocheting. I just sat beside her and watch her while she’s crocheting.

When I get to high school, we have a “home economics” class. There we learned works within the house. I learned basic baking, cross stitch, different type of stitches, and crocheting. In this stage of my learning of crocheting, I learned how to read a pattern. I remember one time that my crochet teacher encourage me to join in a crochet competition in the school, guess what, I won gold medal. Then I join again in a crochet competition in other school, representing my school. Well, at this time I bring silver medal home. At this time, I just love crocheting anything at home. I remember, at this age I usually stayed at home and crochet. Just crochet, crochet, crochet. Some of my works are not nice… I just told my mother that I just practicing my crocheting talent.

After 10 years, I started to hook-up again in crocheting. At this time I started to buy a book, but crochet books was so expensive, so I try to look over the internet for free crochet pattern. From there, I learned and learned thru reading books and thru surfing the net about crocheting. Sometimes I found a nice site but I forgot to list down the url of free crochet pattern. I started to surf again hoping to look for a nice site that have a free pattern. That’s the reason why this blog was created, this is for those crochet lover like me, have a problem looking for a free pattern on the net. There are also some helpful tips in this blog that you might want to read.

I eventually learned to make my own patterns and you can see this in some of the patterns I have posted here. ENJOY!

 Tell me how you learned and loved crochet?


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