Learn how to understand the basics of crochet with Coats Crafts UK. Below is an explanation of the terms used within crochet patterns.
Abbreviations are used for crochet stitches and some procedures. The following are abbreviations.
Repeat instructions following an asterisk as specified.
Brackets ( ). Repeat instructions in brackets as many times as specified.
Tension must be checked carefully before starting a design as only the correct tension will ensure the correct size of the finished piece. Before starting a design, work the stitch recommended in the pattern under ‘ Tension'. The word tension is used to indicate the number of stitches and rows worked within a given measurement. This information is important as it governs the finished size of the article you are going to make.
When working crochet patterns you will often come across an instruction: ‘ 1ch, turn’ or ‘ 3ch, turn’. This will sometimes be given at the end of a row, but refers to stitches that will form the beginning of the next row. Rows of crochet vary in depth and these turning chain enable you to start the next row with the hook at the correct height.
At the end of patterns, instructions will be given to fasten off. To do this, cut the yarn about 5 - 8 cm from the work, bring the loose end through the loop remaining on the hook and pull the yarn firmly. Darn any ends on the wrong side into the back of the work.