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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Technical Tuesday: Crochet Terms (Part 1)

Whether you're a new hand or old at crocheting, sometimes you'll look at a term and just can't figure out what it means. So here is a comprehensive list of common(or not) crochet terms. This is done in US terminology ;)

* (The Asterisk): is found in patterns that repeat frequently, turning "SC in next, 2SC in next, SC, 2SC, SC, 2SC into *SC in next stitch, 2 DC in next* Repeat from * around.

SC (Single Crochet): Insert your hook into your stitch, pull up a loop, pull through both loops on hook.

DC (Double Crochet): Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on the hook. Pull up a loop through the first two loops, leaving two loops on hook. Pull up again.

TR (Treble Crochet): Yarn over twice, insert hook into stitch and pull up a loop. 4 loops on hook. Pull up a loop through 2, pull up a loop through 2, pull up a loop through the last two.

FL (Front Loop): Instead of using both loops on the stitch you're working into, do the next stitch into the front loop of the stitch only, the loop closest to you(This is hard to explain, pic. tutorial coming soon)

BL (Back Loop): Same as front loop except that you only use the loop on the back of your work

CH (Chain): This is your starting chain or a simple stitch designed to move your yarn and hook up where it needs to be to create a stitch. It is simply pulling up a loop without working through any stitches

INC (Increase): This means to put 2 identical stitches into the same stitch from the last row/round.

DEC (Decrease): This means to take 2 stitches from the previous row/round and put them together into 1 stitch in your new row.

SC2Tog (SC 2 together): This is the SC version of a decrease. Insert your hook into the stitch, pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the next stitch and pull up a 3rd loop. Pull a loop up through all 3 loops on the hook.

DC2Tog (DC 2 Together): This is the DC version of a decrease. Yarn over, and insert your hook into the stitch, pull up a loop. Pull up a loop through the first 2 loops on the hook, leaving 2 loops. Yarn over, and insert into the next stitch. Pull up a loop, then pull up a loop through 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on the hook.

MC (Magic Circle): A common way of starting a project that will be done in rounds or spiral. (There's a tutorial elsewhere in this blog if you need more help) The MC is more adjustable than the traditional method of chaining, joining and stitching in the loop, or putting more than 2 stitches into 1 stitch of a chain.

CA/B/C (Color A, Color B, Color C): A way to differentiate between colors when switching during crocheting.

RS (Right Side): This is the side that will be visible when you wear or display something

RND (Round): This is when you are crocheting in a circle or spiral. The ends will meet or overlap with the first stitch of the round. Synonomous with row when working on a project.

ROW: A certain amount of stitches as you work on the project, the ends do not meet or overlap, producing a flat project.

SL ST(Slip Stitch): to insert your hook into the stitch and pull up a loop through the 1 loop already on your hook. This is a flat stitch frequently used to move the working yarn along stitches that don't need worked, or to edge a piece with contrasting fiber.

FROG: To "rip it, rip it"- removing stitches to fix an error.

TENSION: The amount of give your stitches have, controlled by how you hold your yarn as you work. Loose tension equals stitches that can easily snag, twist, or stretch too far, ruining your work, but some projects require this give.

GAUGE: How many stitches should equal a certain size, i.e. Gauge= 3DC and 2 rows = 1" So two rows of 3 DC should be an inch square

SWATCH: A sample done to see if your tension and hook size can give you the gauge needed to complete your project true to size

YO (Yarn over): To wrap your working yarn around your hook one or more times, giving you more loops to work on, creating bigger stitches.

JOIN: The process of SL ST into the first stitch in the round. Used when crocheting in the round.

SPIRAL: The process of crocheting in the round WITHOUT joining each round.

Now, I know this is just the bare basics. I will add a second post at some point in the future explaining more as I learn them ;)

Happy Hookin' Ya'll!

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