How to read crochet patterns (+ chart)

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How to read crochet patterns

What’s one important part of mastering a new skill? Learning the lingo!

Understanding what the standard crochet abbreviations mean is one of the first steps you’ll take when learning how to crochet. Patterns generally use abbreviations to describe different crochet stitches to avoid making the instructions too lengthy.

Even if you’re a seasoned crocheter, you may get stuck from time to time on an obscure abbreviation in the pattern you’re working with. There are a lot of them, for goodness’ sake!

Whether you’re just learning or need a little refresher, here’s a handy reference for crochet terms and abbreviations:

Printable crochet chart
Chart from
A to Z of Crochet

Click here for a printable version of this chart.

For more information about reading crochet charts and patterns as well as tips for basic to advanced methods, fixing mistakes, and finding the answers to almost any crochet question, check out A to Z of Crochet at

Which are you most comfortable with: a chart or a written pattern? Tell us in the comments!

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