Wednesday, February 8, 2012

abbreviations

I would like to take a minute to make sure we are on the same page with the abbreviations. It is impossible to achieve desired results if you can’t understand the instructions. Crochet patterns often use a variety of abbreviations. Unfortunately not all of them are universally used. I am self-taught and have had nobody to guide me as to what are the correct terms to use when writing a pattern so most people reading it can also understand and create it. I have seen quite a few patterns and they all vary to some degree. With dozens of examples to choose from, what are the best abbreviations to use?  I try to write my patterns in a simple, easy to read manner. I do utilize abbreviations often. Not only do they save me time when writing, but it also saves the reader time. Here is a handy list of the more common abbreviations I tend to adhere to. 

beg- begin/beginning
beg ch- beginning chain
ch-chain
ch sp- chain space
sp- space
slst- slip stitch
sc- single crochet
hdc- half double crochet
dc- double crochet
tr- treble crochet
cs or rsc- crab stitch/ reverse single crochet
rep- repeat
dec- decrease
inc- increase
rnd- round/rounds
st- stitch/ stitches
ss- same stitch
tog- together
sk- skip, will most refer to skipping stitches
mm- millimeters
in- inches
fo- fasten off
RS- right side, this is the public view of your work
WS- wrong side, this is the private view of your work
wh st-whip stitch
ww- worsted weight
2dc- 2 double crochet. Any number that precedes a crochet stitch will determine how many consecutive stitches to make
2dc ss- 2 double crochet in the same stitch. The number tells how many consecutive stitches to make and the ss tells you to put them in  the same stitch.
2dc ss 2x- 2 double crochet in the same stitch for the next two stitches. 
The number tells how many consecutive stitches to make and the ss tells you to put them in  the same stitch and the 2x tells you that you need to do this twice.
dc2tog- double crochet the next two stitches together, also known as a dc decrease.


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