This page is aimed at providing all those little bits you are constantly googling to find out. You can now just bookmark this instead!
There is a huge range of information which I could include here but I want to keep it to the really useful stuff. If you’re looking for something you don’t see here, try visiting my Pinterest board: Crochet Resources and Infographics. This is where I collect all these useful little tit-bits when I’m looking for something specific!
I also want to say that you can find a huge amount of information from the Yarn Craft Council site and I have linked to them a lot below to ensure you always have the most up to date information.
Click here for the full Yarn Craft Council Abbreviations which are applicable to US Terms only.
Below is a comparison of the basic US and UK Crochet Stitches.
|Stitch – US Terms (abbreviation)||Stitch – UK Terms (abbreviation)|
|Chain (ch)||Chain (ch)|
|Single Crochet (sc)||Double Crochet (dc)|
|Half Double Crochet (hdc)||Half treble (htr)|
|Double Crochet (dc)||Treble (tr)|
|Treble Crochet (tr)||Double Treble (dtr)|
|Slip Stitch (ss)||Slip Stitch (ss)|
You can see more crochet stitches including their US and UK terminology in my Stitch Directory
Understanding Crochet Patterns & Charts
This is a really useful guide on how to read crochet patterns. For the beginner it can seem like another language but take it step by step and you will get there!
Some crochet patterns come with stitch diagrams, or stitch charts too. These can be overhwheming but you can access the Yarn Craft Council’s Crochet Chart Symbols here. These will help you whether you are trying to read a chart or create one!
Hook Sizes & Yarn Weight
As with everything in crochet, there are multiple terms. For hook sizes, we outdo ourselves as there is 3 ways to denote a hook size – a metric millimetre sizing, a US letter (sometimes a number) or a UK number. Impressive huh!
I always stick to the metric mm sizing in my patterns. Mainly you will just see the metric and US sizes but there are still a lot of vintage patterns floating around so it’s useful to be aware of the options. So here’s the table to help you translate though!
Recommended hook size by yarn weight
Standard information about yarn weights in the US can be found here. It’s worth noting though that outside the US, different terms are used for similar yarn weights. Below is a table with suggested hook sizes for each of the main yarn weights. However, there is no global standard and weights can vary even within categories, so please use the below as a guide only!
I have created this chart based on my experience and the range of hooks for Light and Medium weight yarns differs from the Yarn Craft Council. This is because I work with a lot of Double Knit Yarn and often find the US guidance on hooks is too generous. This may be because I crochet quite loose.
Ultimately, experience will help you determine what size hook is best for your yarn, but in the meantime make a gauge swatch!
Standard ‘People’ Sizes
General size charts for men, women and children are incredibly useful when grading items to fit. In all my designs, I refer to the Yarn Craft Council standard body measurements(yes, them again!) as my first port of call.
When designing gloves, I have gathered some information on average hand sizes, though definitive measurements have been harder to find, here is a rough guide I have collated from various sources. The measurement given is the circumference around the widest part of the hand.
Please be aware these are guides, we are all different. Where possible, my crochet patterns include guidance on how to personalise fitting.