Crochet Abbreviations UK USA Explained
If you’re a beginner crocheter you may find reading crochet patterns confusing. It is even more confusing as the UK and the USA have different abbreviations, and call things by different names. Sometimes the patterns may as well be written in Chinese – or Russian, which is just as confusing. A good book or course can help to get through all the confusion. The best book that explains crochet abbreviations UK USA and the differences, in my opinion, is A to Z of Crochet: The Ultimate Guide for the Beginner to Advanced Crocheter.
This book explains every single abbreviation that you will come across in a crochet pattern, and the difference between UK and USA terms and abbreviations. It also explains how to read from a diagram which makes it easy if you want to read Russian patterns or patterns in other languages that you cannot understand. In short, you have everything you need to be able to crochet any pattern you come across on the internet, in a library or vintage patterns.
Not only does this book explain how to read patterns, but it explains how to do each stitch the abbreviation stands for. It explains in detail with the aid of pictures how to do each stitch. You will struggle to find another book as comprehensive as this one. It is simply the best book if you want to learn how to crochet.
This book covers everything to do with conventional crochet, and does not teach Tunisian Crochet.
Here is a chart of symbols to help you with the reading of diagrams in the meanwhile, while you wait for the book.
Or see the charts below:
If you haven’t got a crochet kit already, you can get one here.