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Crochet Stitch Library

I’ve wanted to create a library of the crochet stitches I use in my pattern designs for a while.  And I’ve finally found some time to get started!

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16 images showing close up of crochet stitches

My aim for this crochet stitch library is to share how a stitch is worked and link to my pattern that uses the stitch.  It serves as a handy reference guide (for you and me!).  You might find a new stitch to try and I’m hoping you’ll find inspiration for when you want to come up with your own design or to modify an existing pattern.

I’ve included both UK crochet terms and US, along with the abbreviations.  When one of my designs uses a combination of stitches, I’ve only linked the pattern to one stitch. I’ve included a photo of the stitch too.

Some stitches have different ways of working them.  I am including the ways I have worked with them in this library.  

The way I’ve set it out is working through the different stitch heights starting with the shortest and working up to the tallest height. Stitch patterns are also included.

I’ve included a section at the end for abbreviations that are commonly found in crochet patterns and which I use.

I’ll update this library when I use a new stitch or design a new pattern with an existing crochet stitch.

If you’re looking for a specfic stitch, use the drop down box below to go directly to more information about that stitch.

Crochet Stitches
  1. Crochet Stitch Library
  2. Common Abbreviations in Crochet

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Crochet Stitch Library

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Insert the hook under the top loops of the next stitch, yarn over, pull the yarn through the stitch and loop on hook to draw up a loop. One loop left on hook.

Often used to re-join yarn, to finish off a project or to add a ribbed edging

Hexagon Cardigan Ocean Hues

close up showing working cuffs on a hexagon cardigan
Ribbed cuff process in this project is made by crocheting chains, working back down, slip stitching along the edge and working back up

UK Double Crochet (dc)

US Single Crochet (sc)

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through the loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 2 loops on hook

Often patterns use in combination with other stitches

Close up of US single crochet UK double crochet

UK Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog)

US Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog)

Insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through a loop. Insert hook into next stitch and pull through a loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook

Used for decreasing.

Elise Tank Top

Crochet summer top styled on a mannequin showing a close up without ruffles and with ruffles around the armhole
Used to shape the neckline

UK Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)

US Front Post Single Crochet (fpsc)

Worked around the post of the double crochet from the previous row or round.

Insert hook from front to back (to the right of the stitch to be worked and out again on the left), yarn over and pull through.  2 loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook.  Stitch made.

See pattern below

close up of front post crochet

UK Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)

US Back Post Single Crochet (bpsc)

Worked around the post of the double crochet from the previous row or round. Insert hook from the back to the front, yarn over and pull through.  2 loops on hook.  Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. Stitch made.

Snowman Gift Bag

See image above

UK Half treble crochet (htc)  

US Half double crochet (hdc)

Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Heart Tote Bag

top of a tote bag showing how the handles are crocheted
stitch used on the bag handle

UK Wide Half Treble Crochet (whtc)

US Wide Half Double Crochet (whdc)

Yarn over, insert hook into the space between the stitches of the previous row, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on the hook.

Winter Nights Blanket

work between stitches and not into loops

UK Crossed Half Treble Crochet (Xht)

US Crossed Half Double Crochet (Xhd)

Skip a stitch, 1 half treble / 1 half double into next stitch, 1 half treble / 1 half double into skipped stitch working in front of the stitch just made

Canterbury Edition Tote Bag

close up showing UK crossed half treble / US crossed half double crochet stitch

UK Half treble crochet 2 together  (htr2tog)

US half double crochet 2 together (hdc2tog)

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch.  There are 3 loops on the hook.  Yarn over, insert hook into the second stitch, yarn over and pull through the loop.  There are 4 loops on the hook.  Yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.

Heart Pillow

crochet heart pillow in greens and yellows resting on a table
Used on the decreases for the bumps of the heart

UK Herringbone Half Treble (HBhtr)

Herringbone Half Double (HBhdc)

Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), pull first loop straight through the second (similar to a slip stitch), yarn over, pull through two remaining loops on hook.

Easy Granny Square Bag

close up of half herringbone crochet stitch
Used for lining a bag

UK Treble Crochet (tr)

US Double Crochet (dc)

Yarn over, insert your hook into stitch or space, yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops

Mystic Garden Sweater

Daisy Rectangular Shawl

Beach Bloom Coverup

close up of UK treble / US double crochet stitch

UK Stacked Treble Crochet (stacked tr)

US Stacked Double Crochet (stacked dc)

Do not chain any stitches at the end or beginning of the row (turning chain).  Insert your hook into the very first stitch in the row.  Yarn over, pull up a loop (two loops on hook), yarn over and pull through to complete what is a UK double/ US single crochet stitch.  Insert hook in second loop of the two loops that are under your hook, yarn over, pull up a loop so that there are two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through to complete.

Striped Cardigan Pattern

The two loops under the crochet hook to work the stacked treble/double crochet stitch
image shows the two loops under the hook

UK Crossed Treble (Xtr)

US Crossed Double (Xdc)

Skip a stitch, 1tr/1dc into next stitch, 1tr/1dc into skipped stitch working in front of the tr/dc just made

Lauren Triangle Shawl

Peek-a-Boo Bunny Blanket

Easy Crochet Bucket Hat

Cotton Candy Poncho

close up of a blanket border showing a crossed crochet stitch border
Crossed Treble/Double Border

UK / US Back Loop Only (blo)

Instead of working through both loops of the stitch of the row below as usual, the stitches are worked into the back loop only, leaving the front loop unworked.

Front Loop Only (flo)

Instead of working through both loops of the stitch of the row below as usual, the stitches are worked into the front loop only, leaving the back loop unworked.

Cocoon Cardigan

Close up of front loop and back loop crochet stitches used in the cocoon cardigan
Cardigan worked lengthways in Back Loop and Front Loop

UK Long Treble Crochet (LTR)

US Long Double Crochet (LDC)

Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over and draw up loop to the height of working row, yarn over and complete the treble (UK) / double (US) as usual.

Zig Zag Scarf

close up of a UK long treble / US long double crochet stitch

UK Treble 2 Together (tr2tog)

US Double 2 Together (dc2tog)

Yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on hook, yarn over hook, draw up a loop in the next stitch, yarn over hook and pull through all 3 loops on hook

Summer Tank Top

Neckline of a crochet top showing shaping from working two crochet stitches together
Two stitches worked together to decrease the neckline

UK Treble 3 Together (tr3tog)

US Double 3 Together (dc3tog)

Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull through loop, 3 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops.  Repeat 2 more times.  Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.

Whispering Rose Summer Top

close up showing UK treble 3 together / US double 3 together crochet stitch
Working three stitches together as part of a stitch pattern

UK Treble 5 Together (tr5tog)

US Double 5 Together (dc5tog)

Yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through the loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, *yarn over hook, insert hook into stitch, yarn over pull through the first 2 loops.* Repeat 3 more times (a total of 5 times). 6 loops on hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops.

Shell Bay Blanket

close up showing 6 loops on a crochet hook to work the stitches together
Working 5 stitches together to form a shell

UK Front Post Treble Crochet (fptr)

US Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)

Yarn over, insert hook between the stitches (to the right of the stitch to be worked and out again on the left), yarn over, pull through, complete the treble in the usual way (yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops)

See Pattern Below

UK Back Post Treble Crochet (bptr)

US Back Post Double Crochet (bpdc)

Yarn over, insert hook from the back between the stitches (to the right of the stitch to be worked) and out to the back to the left of the stitch, yarn over, pull through (the loop will be behind the work), complete the treble in the usual way (yarn over, pull through first 2 loops, yarn over, pull through the remaining 2 loops)

Ombre Infinity Scarf

close up showing UK front post treble /  US front post double crochet stitch

Beginning Cluster (begCl)

*yarn over, insert hook in designated stitch or space, yarn over, pull loop through, yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)*; repeat between * once (3 loops on hook); yarn over pull through all loops.

Fruitdrop Sweater

Granny Square Sleeve with a border
Used on a granny square to start a new round

UK 2 Treble Cluster (2trCl)

US 2 Double Cluster (2dcCl)

Working into the same space/stitch [yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2 loops] twice (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops on hook

See Lacy Stitch (variation)

UK Double Treble (dtr)

US Treble Crochet (tr)

Yarn over twice, insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over and pull through the stitch (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops on the hook

Summer Nights Scarf

Oasis Wave Wrap

Georgiana Shawl

close up of UK double treble / US treble crochet stitch

UK Triple Treble Crochet (ttr)

US Double Treble Crochet (dtr)

Yarn over 3 times, insert the hook into the stitch (or chain space), yarn over, pull through the stitch (or chain space).  5 loops on hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 5 loops already on the hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 4 loops already on the hook. Yarn over, pull through the first 2 of the 3 loops already on the hook. Yarn over one more time, pull through the remaining 2 loops already on the hook to complete the stitch.

See Pattern Below

UK Triple Treble Crochet Crossed (ttrX)

US Double Treble Crossed (dtrX)

Skip a stitch, work 1 triple treble crochet in the next stitch. Then work 1 triple treble crochet in the stitch that you skipped. By working the triple treble crochet in front of the first triple treble crochet stitch you complete the stitch.

See Picot for Pattern

close up of UK crossed triple treble / US crossed double treble crochet stitch

V-stitch (V-st) (variation) 

1tr, ch1, 1tr in same st / US 1dc, ch1, 1dc in same st

Tangerine Dreams Blanket

Long Sleeve Summer Cardigan

close up of the tangerine dreams baby blanket to see the detail of the crochet stitches
V-stitch worked in peach and spice

V-Stitch (V-st) (variation)

UK 2tr, ch1, 2tr in same st / US 2dc, ch1, 2dc in same st

  • A v-st in this project is made up of a pair of trebles.  Work the pair of trebles into the space between the 2 treble posts of the previous row.
  • This v-st gives a tighter texture however, you can crochet your triangles using treble ch2 treble if that feels easier.

Triangle Motif Blanket

UK Double Treble V-Stitch (dtr v-st)

US Treble V-Stitch (tr v-st)

1 dtr, ch1, 1 dtr in the same chain or space / US 1tr, ch1, 1tr in the same chain or space

Pastel Dreams Blanket

Border of a blanket using UK double treble V-Stitch / US treble V-Stitch
Border of a blanket using this stitch

UK V-Stitch Cluster (VstCL)  

V-Stitch Cluster (VstCL)

treble 2 together/double 2 together, chain 1, treble 2 together/double 2 together in the same stitch.

Moon Shimmer Hexagon Sweater

close up of V-stitch cluster

UK Treble 3 down (tr3d)

US Double 3 down (dc3d)

The mosaic treble stitch (US double crochet) is made three rows below, in the front of the treble below the chains from the missed stitches. (Chains are made for the missed stitches.  An extra chain is made so that when a treble 3 down stitch is made, there is space.  Example: chain 2 = 1 x treble 3 down)

Infinity Scarf

Mosaic Bricks Tote Bag

Noughts and Crosses Blanket

Mosaic ChartTablet Cover

row of mosaic crochet working trebles three rows below in green

Ripple Stitch (variation) UK Terms

Row 1 (RS): tr in 3rd ch from hook, tr in same st, *1tr in ea of next 5 chs, tr3tog over next 3 chs, 1tr in ea of next 5 chs, [1tr, ch1, 1tr] in next ch, *rep ending 2tr in last ch, ch3, turn

Row 2: 1tr in base of ch3, *1tr flo in next 5 sts, tr3tog working in flo of next 3 sts, 1tr flo in next 5 sts, [1tr, ch1, 1tr] in ch1-sp, *rep ending 2tr in top of ch3 from prev row, ch3, turn

Row 3: 1tr in base of ch3, *1tr blo in next 5 sts, tr3tog working in blo of next 3 sts, 1tr blo in next 5 sts, [1tr, ch1, 1tr] in ch1-sp, *rep ending 2tr in top of ch3 from prev row, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 complete the ripple pattern

Forest Ripple Poncho

Close up of crochet Ripple stitch

Wavy Chevrons

2 trebles/US doubles in next stitch, 1 treble crochet/US double in next stitch, [treble/US double 2 together over next 2 stitches] twice, 1 treble/US double in next stitch, 2 trebles/US doubles in next stitch, repeat across

Beach Day Blanket

close up showing wavy chevron stitch

Cable Stitch (cs)

In this stitch pattern, so that the cables are all the same direction, the cable stitch is worked over two rows.

Row 1: skip a stitch, treble/US double crochet in next 3 stitches, working over the 3 stitches just made, yarn over and insert hook into the skipped stitch.  Pull up a loop to the height of the treble/US double, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice.

Row 2: ch1, double/US single across.

If you would like your cables in different directions, skip row 2

Candyfloss Horizon Blanket

close up of cable stitch

Braided Cable Stitch

The braided cable stitch uses 6 stitches and is made from crocheting Front Post Double Treble Below (Fpdtr UK)  /  Front Post Treble Below (Fptr US) in the third row below, skipping stitches and then working in those skipped stitches either in front of the stitches made or behind the stitches.

Moonbeam Hot Water Bottle Cover

a close up of the braided crochet stitch

Celtic Weave Stitch

This stitch is worked by crocheting around the post of stitches (front post on one row and back post on another).  The stitches are crocheted ‘out of order’ so they cross each other.  This is achieved by skipping stitches and going back to work in the skipped stitches.

Celtic Weave Scarf

A close up of the Celtic Weave crochet stitch

Alpine Stitch

This stitch pattern is a 4-row repeat

UK

(RS)*fptr in the tr 2 rows below, tr in next st, *rep to last 2 sts, fptr in next st, tr in last st, ch1, turn

(WS): dc in same st, dc to end, ch2, turn

(RS): *tr in next st, fptr in the tr 2 rows below, * rep to last 2 sts, tr in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

(WS): dc in same st, dc to end, ch2, turn

US

(RS)*fpdc in the dc 2 rows below, dc in next st, *rep to last 2 sts, fpdc in next st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

(WS): sc in same st, sc to end, ch2, turn

(RS): *dc in next st, fpdc in the dc 2 rows below, * rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, ch1, turn

(WS): sc in same st, sc to end, ch2, turn

Mila Cosy Stripe Blanket

A close up of the Alpine crochet stitch worked in three different colours

Mini Bean stitch (mb)

Insert hook into indicated stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and insert hook into same stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook

Easy Seamless Cardigan

close up of the mini bean crochet stitch (also known as the Elizabeth stitch)

3-Bobble Stitch (3-bob)

yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, [yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times more (4 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 3 loops.

See Pattern Below

4-Bobble Stitch (4-bob)

yarn over, insert hook into stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook, [yarn over, insert hook into same stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 3 times more (5 loops on hook), yarn over and draw through all 5 loops.

Raspberry Ripple Bucket Hat

close up of 3-bobble and 4-bobble stitch worked in a granny square

5-Bobble Stitch (5-bob)

Yarn over, insert hook into next stitch, yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through two stitches, repeat this 5 times (6 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all loops on hook.  Bobble Stitch made.

Granny Square Poncho Victoria

Book Sleeve

Bobble Stitch Scarf

A close up of 5-bobble crochet stitch

UK 3-Double Treble Bobble Stitch (3dtr-bob)  / US 3-Treble Bobble Stitch (3tr-bob)

Wrap yarn twice around the hook, insert hook into stitch, pull up 1 loop (4 loops on hook), [yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] twice (2 loops on hook) * repeat three times in total (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 4 loops.  Double Treble/Treble Bobble Stitch made.

Granny Square Tote Bag Josephine

close up showing UK double treble US treble bobble stitch
Double Treble/Treble used for the petals

Spiked Bobble Stitch – Spiked Bobble 4 Below (sp4bob-bel)

This stitch is worked around the post of the stitch two rows below.  *Yarn over, insert hook around the post of the stitch two rows below, pull through lengthening the loop to just above the height of the current row, yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook (2 loops on hook), * rep 3 more times. Yarn over, pull through all loops on hook.  Chain 1 to close the bobble.

Snowberry Baby Blanket

A close up of the spiked bobble stitch in a blanket

Berry Stitch (Berry St)

Yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through the first loop only, yarn over, insert hook, yarn over, pull up loop (5 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 5 loops, insert hook into next stitch, double crochet (US single crochet) into next stitch. Alternate a berry stitch with a double crochet (single crochet) and repeat to the end of the row or round.

Le Jardin Jumper

Crocheted yoke from a raglan jumper and a ball of gold yarn and a ball of multi coloured yarn
Berry Stitch in gold

Iris Stitch

UK

Ch3, tr in next st, sk1, [2tr, ch1, 2tr] in next st, *sk3, [2tr, ch1, 2tr] in next st, * rep to last 4 sts, sk2, tr in last 2 sts, turn

Ch3, tr in next st, [2tr, ch1, 2tr] in ea ch1-sp across to last 4 sts, sk2, tr in last 2 sts, ch3, turn

US

Ch3, dc in next st, sk1, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, *sk3, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next st, * rep to last 4 sts, sk2, dc in last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Ch3 dc in next st, [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in ea ch1-sp across to last 4 sts, sk2, dc in last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Le Jardin Jumper

close up of the Iris crochet stitch
Iris Stitch blended with crossed stitches and UK treble/US double

Modified Trinity Stitch (ts)

This stitch uses UK Treble 3 together/ US Double 3 together.  A treble/double crochet 3 together stitch is made out of 3 incomplete treble/double stitches crocheted together.  The placement of the stitches are different from the regular treble/double 3 together.   Yarn over, insert hook in the same stitch you just worked, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yarn over, insert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on hook.  Chain one. Trinity Stitch made.   The Trinity Stitch begins in the last stitch worked, treble 3 together (as above), chain one.  

Tranquil Moments Baby Afghan

close up of the modified Trinity Crochet Stitch

Granny Stitch

UK [sk 2 sts, 3tr in next ch] / US [sk 2 sts, 3dc in next ch]

US

Row 1: 3dc in 7th ch from hook, *ch1, sk 3 chs, 3dc in next ch, *rep to last 3 chs, ch1, sk 2 chs, dc in last ch, ch3, turn

Row 2: 2dc in first ch-sp, *ch1, sk 3 sts, 3dc in next ch-sp, * rep to last ch-sp, 2dc in last ch-sp, dc in last st, ch4, turn

Row 3: *sk 3 sts, 3dc in next ch-sp, ch1, *rep to last 3 sts, sk 2 sts, dc in last st, ch3, turn

Rows 2 and 3 form granny stitch pattern

Granny Square Christmas Tree

Hooded Cardigan

Granny Square Cardigan

Princess of Diamonds Lap Blanket

Countess of Diamonds Shrug

Queen of Diamonds Poncho

Rainbow Tote Bag

Arabella Geometric Scarf

Beginner Friendly Cardigan

Hexagon Cardigan (with pockets)

close up of granny stitch
close up of the granny stitch
Granny stitch vertical and horizontal
A hexagon crochet cardigan in white and bright rainbow colours is laid out flat
Granny Stitch hexagon

Block Stitch (also known as Brick Stitch)

US crochet terms

Row 1 (RS): dc in 3rd ch from hook, dc in ea ch across, ch1, turn

Row 2: sc in base of 1st st, ch2, *sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch2, * rep across ending with sc in last st, ch2 turn

Row 3: *3dc in ch2-sp, * rep to last st, dc in last st, ch1, turn

Row 4: sc in base of 1st st, ch2, *sc in sp bet 3dc, ch2, * rep across, ending with sc in last st, ch2, turn

(Rows 3 and 4 complete block stitch pattern)

Larissa Cardigan

Elise Tank Top

close up of the crochet block stitch

Acorn Stitch UK Terms

Row 1: ch1, dc in next st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Row 2: Ch3, *tr3tog in the ch sp of prev row, ch1, *rep to last st, dtr in last st, turn

Row 3: ch1, [dc, ch2, dc] in first ch1 sp from prev row, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next ch1 sp from prev row, *rep to end, turn

Row 4: ch3, tr in next st, *ch1, tr3tog in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, tr2tog, turn

Row 5: ch1, dc in next st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *sk st, [dc, ch2, dc] in next st, *rep to last st, dc in last st, turn

Round 6: rep row 2

Round 7: ch1, dc in each dc and top of tr3tog from prev row.

Bramble Drawstring Bag

close up of the Acorn crochet stitch

Picot

There are several variations of picot – this pattern uses chain 5, slip stitch into the first chain

Harbourside Shawl

close up of picot edging used on a shawl
Picot used on the edging of a shawl

Ascending Shell Pattern (US Terms)

Row 1 (RS): dc in 4th ch from hook, *sk 3 chs, [2dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next ch, sk 3 chs, [dc, ch1, dc] in next ch * rep to last ch, 2 dc in last ch, ch4, turn

Row 2: dc in base of ch4, *2 dc in ch1-sp, ch2, 2 dc in next ch1-sp, [dc, ch2, dc] in next ch1-sp, * rep to last st, [dc, ch1, dc] in last st, ch3, turn

Row 3: dc in base of ch3, ch1, 2 dc in ch1-sp, *[dc, ch1, dc] in next ch2-sp, [2dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1, 2dc] in next ch2-sp, *rep across to last st (turning-ch), 2 dc in top of ch, ch1, dc in next ch down, ch4, turn

Row 4: 2 dc in first ch1-sp, [dc, ch2, dc] in next ch1-sp, * 2 dc in next ch1-sp, ch2, 2 dc in next ch1-sp, [dc, ch2, dc] in next ch1-sp, *rep to last ch1-sp, 2dc in ch-sp, ch1, dc in last st, ch3, turn

Row 5: dc in base of ch3, *[2dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1, 2dc] in ch2-sp, [dc, ch1, dc] in next ch2-sp, * rep across to last st, 2dc in last st

Rows 2 to 5 for the ascending shells pattern.

Lottie Sweater

Close up of the ascending shells crochet stitch in turquoise

Shell (variation) US Terms

Row 1 (RS): tr in 5th ch from hook, tr in ea ch to end, ch1, turn (168, 184, 200, 216, 232, 248, 264, 280 tr)

Row 2: sc in base of ch1, * sk 3 sts, [tr, ch1 4 times, tr] in next st, sk 3 sts, sc in next st, * rep to end, ch7, turn.

Row 3: * sc in top of 3rd (middle) tr of shell, ch3, tr in sc, ch3 * rep to last shell, sc in top of 3rd tr of shell, ch3, tr in last st, ch4, turn.

Row 4: * 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in sc, 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in next st; * rep to last ch-sp, 3tr in ch3-sp, tr in sc, 3tr in 3ch of ch7 lp, tr in 4th ch of ch7, ch1, turn

Rows 2 to 4 form the shell pattern

Carnation Kisses Summer Cardigan

close up of the lacy shell crochet stitch worked in treble crochet

Shell and Fan Lace (UK terms)

Row 2: ch2, *dc in next 5 sts, ch2, sk2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row 3: ch2, tr in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *dc in next 3 sts, ch1, sk1, [tr, ch1, tr] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, tr in last st, turn

Row 4: ch2, 2 tr in base of st, ch1, sk1, dc in next st, ch1, 5tr in ch sp from prev row, *ch1, dc in middle dc from prev row, ch1, 5tr in ch sp from prev row, *rep to last st, 3tr in last st, turn

Row 5: ch2, dc in next 2 sts, *ch2, dc in next 5 sts (tr from prev row), *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 6: ch2, dc in next st, *ch1, [tr, ch1, tr] in ch sp from prev row, ch1, sk1, dc in next 3 sts, *rep to last 2 sts, dc in last 2 sts, turn

Row 7: ch2, dc in next st, *ch1, tr5 in ch sp from prev row, ch1, dc in middle st from prev row, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Row 8: *ch2, dc in ea tr from prev row, ch2, *rep to last 2 sts, ch1, sk1, dc in last st, turn

Amelia Poncho

close up of a shell and fan lace crochet stitch pattern

Lacy Stitch (variation) US Terms

Row 1 (RS): Starting in the 5th ch from hook, dc in each st across, ch3, turn

Row 2: dc in next st, *[ch 2, miss 2 sts, V-st in next st, ch 2, miss 2 sts, sc in next st], * rep across, dc in last st, ch4, turn

Row 3: tr in next st, working in the V-st ch2-sps, *[2dcCl, ch 2] twice, 2dcCl], ch 1; * rep across ending at 2dcCl, tr in each of the last 2 sts, ch3, turn

Row 4: dc in next st, ch 1, working in the ch-sps only [dc, ch 1] in each ch2-sp and ch1-sp across, dc in each last two sts, ch3, turn

Row 5: dc in each st and sp across

Rows 2-5 form stitch pattern

Summer Cardigan

Maisie Poncho Top

close up showing a lacy crochet stitch
close up of lacy stitches used in a crochet poncho pattern
The same stitch pattern using a variety of colours

Tunisian Lattice Stitch (Tls)

*Insert hook under the next 2 vertical bars, yarn over, pull up a loop, insert hook under the first vertical bar just worked, yarn over, pull up a loop, * rep across to last 2 sts, yarn over, insert hook under first vertical bar, pull up a loop, insert hook through both loops of last st

See Pattern linked to Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together

Tunisian Simple Stitch (Tss)

*Insert hook under the second vertical bar (hook should enter under the stitch from the front and emerge from the front), yarn over, pull up a loop, * rep across to last stitch, insert hook through both loops of last stitch

See Pattern linked to Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together

Tunisian Return Pass (RetP)

yarn over pull through one loop from hook, *yarn over pull through two loops from the hook, * rep across until one stitch remains, yarn over pull through loop

See Pattern linked to Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together

Last Tunisian Stitch (Lts)

insert hook under BOTH vertical bars of the last stitch and complete as for Tunisian simple stitch

See Pattern linked to Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together

Tunisian Simple Stitch 2 Together (Tss2tog)

insert hook under the front vertical bars of the next 2 stitches, yarn over, pull up a loop through both stitches (decrease made)

Pocket Shawl and Beanie Hat

close up of the Tunisian Simple Stitch and Tunisian Lattice Stitch

Filet Crochet

Chains and double crochet stitches form open and filled squares. The open squares are typically created by working chains between double crochet stitches, while the filled squares are created by working double crochet stitches into the previous row.

Sleeveless Top

Galana Blanket

Amelia Cardigan

close up of filet crochet

Checkered Crochet

The checker is a pattern of stripes with crossed horizontal and vertical lines which form squares. Typically, the checker pattern contains two colours where a single checker (a single square within the check pattern) is surrounded on all four sides by a checker of a different colour.

The unworked yarn is carried across the row.

Knot Bag

Carrying the unworked yarn across the row in checkered crochet
carrying the unworked yarn across the row

Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet is a technique where at least two contrasting colour yarns are used together for colourwork in the same row or round.

The yarn that is being used to work the stitches is called the active colour, the yarn that is being carried along the back of the stitches is called the inactive colour.

  • tapestry in the round – worked in a spiral on the right side of the work
  • one-directional flat tapestry crochet – worked in rows in one direction only on the right side of the work
  • two-directional flat tapestry crochet – worked in rows, turning the work where the odd numbered rows are the right side and even numbered rows the wrong side; the crochet pattern graph will be read from right to left for odd numbered rows and left to right for even numbered rows.

Owl Hot Water Bottle Cover

Cushion Cover

Dog Sweater

Orchid Blaze Blanket

close up of an owl made with tapestry crochet

Pom Pom Border

*Ch6, 1 cluster in the 3rd chain from hook, ch3, cluster into top of cluster just made, fold the 2nd cluster to the front, slip stitch into the same chain of the 1st cluster, ch3, sk 4 sts, dc in next st, * repeat around to last pom pom, ch3, slip stitch to 1st dc of round.

Seaside Dreams Blanket

A close up of a pom pom border on a crochet blanket

Common Abbreviations in Crochet

I thought it would be helpful to also share a list of common abbreviations I use in my patterns.

I’ve listed them in alphabetical order.

Have I left any off?

Common Crochet Abbreviations
Alternate (alt)
Approximately (approx.)
Beginning (beg)
Between (bet)
Centimetre (cm)
Chain (ch)
Chain Space/s (ch-sp/s)
Continue (cont)
Contrasting Colour (CC)
Decrease (decr)
Following (foll)
Increase (incr)
Left Hand/Side (LH/LHS)
Loop (lp)
Main Colour (MC)
Previous (prev)
Remaining (rem)
Repeat (rep)
Right Hand/Side (RH /RHS)
Right Side (RS)
Skip (sk)
Space/s (sp/s)
Stitch/es (st/s)
Stitch Marker (st marker)
Together (tog)
Turning Chain (t-ch)
Wrong Side (WS)
Yards (yds)
Yarn Over (yo)
Yarn Over Hook (yoh)

I hope this comprehensive crochet stitch library and abbreviations serve as an invaluable resource.

Happy crocheting!

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