This is very informative when learning how to crochet.
How to Read a Crochet Pattern
by Jean Leinhauser
Once you’ve learned the basic crochet stitches, you’ll want to start your first pattern. (If you need assistance with learning basic crochet stitches, visit http://www.LearnToCrochet.com.) There are hundreds of beautiful designs available for you to make, but for a beginner, they may look scary because they are written in what looks almost like a foreign language.
That’s because crochet patterns are written using many abbreviations and terms, which save space and make patterns easier to read. So the first thing you need to do is become familiar with the abbreviations and terms.
Some of them are easy to understand, like these that represent basic stitches:
Basic Stitch Abbreviations
Sl st slip stitch
Sc single crochet
Hdc half double crochet
Dc double crochet
Tr (or trc) triple (or treble) crochet
Inc increase (Add one or more stitches.)
Dec decrease (Eliminate one or more stitches.)
Turn Turn your work so you can work back for the next row.
Join Join two stitches together; usually done by working a slip stitch in the top of the next stitch.
Rep repeat (Do it again.)
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