What do all those abbreviations in crochet patterns mean? My family thinks I speak a second language because I read and write in crochet pattern speak! Are you fluent in crochet pattern speak? If not, I am here to help!
It has come to my attention that a lot of people that love to crochet do not know how to use written patterns. It is definitely a learned skill! Knowing how to read a crochet pattern opens up so many possibilities to you, so it’s worth taking the time to learn. I will be working on a series of blog posts and videos aimed at teaching crochet enthusiasts how to read crochet patterns!
That effort begins with this, a free printable list of crochet abbreviations. Why are crochet patterns written with so many abbreviations anyway? Well, I haven’t researched how that became the standard, but I can guess that the publishing industry had a lot to do with it. When you are printing patterns in magazines, leaflets, or books, you cut down the cost of the printing when you use fewer pages and less ink. Crochet abbreviations significantly cut down on both of those! From my own perspective, writing a crochet pattern is faster when I can use lots of abbreviations!
One key part of learning to read a crochet pattern is to learn the meaning of all those abbreviations. So as you are learning, I recommend you keep this handy chart close at hand. Before long, you’ll know the abbreviations by heart and won’t need a key any longer.
Now that you have this handy abbreviation chart, move on to the first video in Learning to Read a Crochet Pattern series by clicking here.