The hardest thing about learning crochet -you know, apart from the aching hands and shoulders and figuring out what a stitch is- is wrapping your head around the lingo. You learn the basic stitches and you practice over and over until you feel confident enough to finally try a pattern and… what on earth does that say? ch12 sk2 st dc in next 5…. complete gobbledegook….. Now you have to learn how to read a pattern, it’s like a whole language of it’s own. However once you learn the abbreviations it suddenly starts to make a lot more sense.
Sc Single Crochet
Dc Double Crochet
Hdc Half Double Crochet
Tr Triple Crochet
Sk Skip stitches
Sl St Slip Stitch
These are the very basic stitches, there will be many more over the course of a pattern. Often if there is a new or complicated stitch in a pattern then there will often be a note stating the abbreviation and explaining the stitch. Some patterns list all the abbreviations at the beginning of the pattern and explain them; we like these patterns!
Ch 40.1. Hdc into 2nd ch from hook. Hdc 38. Turn.2. Ch 1. Sc in same st. Sc 38. Turn.
Make a starting chain of 40 stitches1. Count 2 chains from your crochet hook and do a half double crochet into it. Do a Half double crochet into each chain all the way to the end totalling 38 Half double crochets. Turn your work so you are now at the beginning of the row rather than the end.2. Chain 1. Do a single crochet in the same stitch the chains are coming from. Continue to single crochet along the row to the end totalling 38 single crochets. Turn your work so you are now at the beginning of the row rather than the end.
1. Ch2 *dc in next st, sk 1 st* repeat from *to end of row
1. Chain 2. Do a double crochet in the next stitch, skip a stitch, do a double crochet in the next stitch, skip a stitch etc. to the end of the row.