This section 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 which is where I collect all these useful little tit-bits when I’m looking for something specific!
If you still can’t find what you’re looking for then drop me a line – the chances are you won’t be alone!
I want to start by saying that you can find a huge amount of information from the Yarn Craft Council site and I have linked to them a lot rather than reproducing their data!
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 Crochet 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!
In Crochet there are not only US and UK stitch terms but also US and UK hook sizes, though metric (mm) sizes are used most often in modern patterns. Find a comparison of the sizes here.
When I started crocheting I was so confused about what hook sizes should be used with what yarn. The ball band said one thing and the pattern another. Click here to find a chart giving a guide of hook size by weight and the factors to consider when choosing your hook.
‘Standard’ Body Measurements
General size charts for men, women and children are incredibly useful when grading items to fit. Although one size never fits all and we are all different shapes and sizes, as a designer, we need to start somewhere!
In all my designs, I refer to the Yarn Craft Council standard body measurements(yes, them again!) as my first port of call, but wherever possible, I give guidance for customisation.