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Do You Speak Crochet? Abbreviations Translated Here!

Updated on November 10, 2014
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SheilaSchnauzies is a Miniature Schnauzer rescuer, writer, crochet designer, gardener, crafter, wife, mom & friend living in Omaha, NE.

Did You Know You Were Bilingual? You Are, If You Crochet!

Crochet designers would write some very long patterns if they couldn't abbreviate their instructions! To those of us who have crocheted for many years, it's a second language of "crochet-speak" that just comes naturally to us! I was recently reminded by a beginning crocheter that I forgot to include an abbreviations explanation with one of my patterns - OOPS!

When my friend Heidi started transcribing my handwritten notebooks of patterns for my upcoming book, she was instantly confronted with trying to figure out all the crochet terminology! But she's a bright lady and struggled right through it. I told her recently that she's going to have a very unique experience when I do get around to teaching her to crochet. Why? She's already learned the language, and once she sees the stitches in front of her it will all "click" instantly! What she did is a lot like learning to read music without having learned to play the piano.

Once you are armed with the meanings behind those illustrations, you'll be able to tackle even more cool crochet projects!

And look at the bright side, too -we aren't going to touch crochet charts here! That's a subject for a whole 'nother lens!

Get The Hook I Use! - I Promise You Will LOVE It!

Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks, No. 8/0.90mm
Clover Soft Touch Steel Crochet Hooks, No. 8/0.90mm

I was frantic, about to have to give up my life's passion, crochet, because of severe destructive arthritis in my hands. Every time I'd try to crochet with a straight (normal) hook, my hand would cramp up in a very short time and I'd just have to stop.

I read about the Clover Soft Touch hooks from another crocheter who had a similar problem, and thought "What the heck!" Once I started crocheting with it, all the other hooks went into the drawer. I started collecting every size I could find. Luckily they make the whole size range from the tiniest thread hooks through good size yarn hooks. Yay!

Even if you don't have arthritis, the ergonomic design reduces hand fatigue and cramping. It really does work.


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Learn To Crochet On YouTube!

If you're a visual-type learner, you may find watching a video tutorial more helpful than reading a book to learn how to crochet! Why not give it a try! Here are several to choose from.

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Do You Like Or Dislike Crochet Abbreviations Used In Patterns?

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