Crochet terms and patterns can be overwhelming and confusing when you are a novice. That’s why I’ve put together this list of basic crochet stitch terms, directional terms and definitions for beginners. UK Stitch Types:
1) Ch = Chain (The stitch that usually starts every pattern and forms the foundation for crocheting. It starts the chain of your project.)
2) Sl st = Slip stitch (Is used to join stitches together.)
3) Dc = Double crochet (The most fundamental and easiest stitch to master. It creates a tight, dense fabric.)
4) Htc = Half treble crochet (It falls in between a double crochet and a treble in height.)
5) Tr = Treble (It is twice as tall as a double crochet.)
6) Dtr = Double treble (It creates longer openings between the stitches and produces a very loose fabric.)
Ttr = Triple Treble (A tall stitch often used for lace work.) Now that we’ve covered the different types of stitches, the following is a list of common directional terms encountered in a basic crochet pattern:
1) Inc = Increase stitches
2) Dec = Decrease stitches
3) Turn = Turn your work (so you can work back for the next row)
4) Join = Join two stitches together
5) Rep = Repeat.
You may be a long way from creating Crochet bikinis, but these fundamental crochet terms will get you from beginner to expert in no time!