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Hello friends! Today we’re going to talk about crochet terminology, more specifically, the difference between crochet terms on different sides of the pond.
For a while I didn’t even know there was more than one set of crochet terms, which is definitely leads to some interesting mistakes! I think it’s quite silly that we can’t all use the same crochet system, but I guess it’s just one of those things that differs from country to country. Like having extra letters in “color” and “favorite.” (I much prefer the British spelling of words, to be honest!)
I’m American, and I therefore use US crochet terms in all of my patterns. It’s important to know that the stitches are the same, it’s just the names that are different. So here’s a quick cheat sheet with the US and UK terms.
(This picture has nothing to do with this post, but I don’t like posting without a picture. Wait, actually I can connect it – this is part of a sock made with US double crochet!)
US TERMS – UK TERMS
Chain (ch) = same for both
Slip stitch (sl st) = same for both
US single crochet (sc) = UK double crochet (dc)
US half-double crochet (hdc) = UK half-treble crochet (htr)
US double crochet (dc) = UK treble crochet (tr)
US triple crochet (tr) = UK double-treble crochet (dtr)
Other than the crochet terms, things are the same – phrasing might be a little different depending on what pattern you’re using, but that doesn’t have anything to do with where you live. I’ve noticed that British patterns sometimes say “3 ch” where American ones will say “ch 3,” but I don’t know if that’s just a coincidence – in any case, it’s easy enough to decipher.
Before you start a pattern, make sure you know what set of terms to use! Sometimes it’s fairly evident if you go wrong – for example, if an amigurumi pattern tells you to use double crochet, you can be pretty certain it’s a UK pattern (because you don’t use tall stitches in amigurumi, usually). Other times you might not notice until you’re a couple rounds in. Luckily, it’s always easy to frog. 🙂
What set of crochet terms do you use? 😀