Crochet Abbreviations and UK/US Conversions

Here are all of the abbreviations and conversion charts to help you understand your the crochet patterns that we feature in Simply Crochet magazine, and that you'll come across in other crochet patterns too.

Crochet abbreviations, Uk to US crochet conversions and crochet symbols

How to read crochet pattern abbreviations

Keep this handy guide to hand when you’re crocheting patterns from Simply Crochet, or other UK crochet patterns. If you’re in the States, scroll down for our conversion chart for UK/US abbreviations as a few terms vary overseas.

  • across to end of the row
  • alt alternate/alternating
  • approx approximate(ly)
  • beg beginning
  • bl insert hook under back loop only
  • BPtr Back Post treble: yrh, starting from the back, insert hook from back to front to back around post of st in row below, complete as treble st
  • ch(s) chain/chain stitch(es)
  • ch-sp(s) chain space(s)
  • ch- refers to ch made previously, eg. ch-3
  • cl(s) clusters
  • 4-tr cl (yrh, insert hook in sp/st, yrh & pull up loop, yrh & draw through 2 loops) 4 times, inserting hook in same sp/st, yrh & draw through all loops on hook
  • cont continue
  • dc double crochet
  • dc2tog (insert hook in next st, yrh and draw a loop through) twice, yrh and draw through all 3 loops on hook
  • dec decrease
  • dtr double treble crochet
  • dtr2tog work 2dtr together
  • fl insert hook under front loop only
  • foll/folls following/follows
  • FPtr Front Post treble: work in opposite way to BPtr
  • htr half treble
  • htr2tog work 2htr together
  • in next sts to be worked into the same stitch
  • inc increase LH left hand
  • lp(s) loop(s)
  • meas measures
  • p or pc picot
  • patt(s) pattern(s)
  • pm place marker
  • prev previous
  • rem remain(s)/remaining
  • rep repeat
  • RH right hand
  • rnd(s) round(s)
  • RS right side
  • sk skip
  • sp(s) space(s)
  • ss slip stitch
  • st(s) stitch(es)
  • tbl through back loop
  • t-ch(s) turning chain(s)
  • tog together
  • tr treble crochet
  • tr2tog (yrh, insert hook in next st, yrh and pull up loop, yrh and draw through 2 loops) twice, yrh and draw through all loops on hook
  • ttr triple treble crochet
  • WS wrong side
  • yoh yarn over hook
  • yrh yarn round hook
  • * work instructions immediately foll *, then rep as directed
  • [] or () work or repeat all instructions in the brackets as directed

Or print out and keep this handy chart to hand

Simply Crochet Magazine - crochet abbreviations list

How to convert US to UK crochet terms, or vice versa!

Crochet symbols UK/US conversion

Whenever we use charts in our magazine we’ll always include a key. Our charts will always be in UK terminology, but here’s a basic key for all those of you who need to see both UK and US terms, and the different between the two

Simply Crochet Magazine - crochet symbols UK chart

How to read crochet symbols

If you’re trying to follow a pattern which uses crochet symbols, but aren’t sure how to use them, check out our guide on How to read crochet charts


Crochet abbreviations UK to US stitch conversions

All of Simply Crochet’s patterns in the magazine and online are written in UK terms, but if you follow US terminology this simple chart can help you translate our patterns and others on the web. Use this handy table to convert UK crochet terms to US crochet terms, or the other way around…


• chain ch
• slip stitch ss
• double crochet dc
• half treble htr
• treble tr
• double treble dtr
• triple treble ttr


• chain ch
• slip stitch ss
• single crochet sc
• half double hdc
• double dc
• treble tr
• double treble dtr


Or print out and keep this handy chart

Simply Crochet UK to US crochet abbreviation conversion chart