Skip to content Skip to navigation menu

Understanding Crochet Abbreviations

Listed below are standard abbreviations and symbols that you may find in crochet patterns on redheart.com. All standard abbreviations used in a particular pattern are also listed at the end of the pattern. If a pattern contains unusual combinations of stitches, these will be explained in the Special Abbreviations section at the beginning of the pattern.

A, B, C, etc = Color A, Color B, Color C, etc.
beg = beginning
bet = between
blk = block
Bpdc = back post double crochet
ch(s) = chain(s)
cm = centimeter(s)
dec = decrease
dc = double crochet
dc2tog = double crochet two stitches together
dtr = double treble
Fsc = Foundation single crochet
Fpdc = front post double crochet
hdc = half double crochet
hdc2tog = half double crochet two stitches together
inc = increase
mm = millimeter(s)
pm = place (stitch) marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet two stitches together
sk = skip
sl = slip
sp = space
st = stitch(es)
tr = treble
tr2tog = treble crochet two stitches together
WS = wrong side
yo = yarn over
* or ** = repeat whatever follows the * or ** as indicated
[ ] = work directions in brackets the number of times indicated

Below: LW4642 Lacy FLoral Throw Free Crochet Pattern

Understanding Crochet Abbreviations