US versus UK Terminology

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When working a crochet pattern, it’s important to understand the difference between US and UK terminology in crochet. In this video, Mary Beth Temple discusses the difference between these two terminologies in crochet patterns.

US crochet terminology is largely used on crochet patterns in North America. For the rest of the world, UK crochet terminology is typically used. It’s important to understand the difference between the two conventions so that you are working the correct stitches in your crochet pattern.

The first stitch that Mary Beth reviews is the chain stitch. This stitch is the same in both US and UK crochet terminology. It is typically abbreviated “ch.” Another stitch that is the same in both terminologies is the slip stitch, although the abbreviations are usually different. For US terminology, slip stitch is usually abbreviated as “sl st.” For UK terminology, it’s abbreviated as “ss.”

Mary Beth then looks at the stitches that have different names.

US single crochet (sc) is UK double crochet (dc)

US half double crochet (hdc) is UK half treble crochet (htc)

US double crochet (dc) is UK treble crochet (tr)

US treble crochet (tr) is UK double treble (dtr)

Another term that is different between the two terminologies is gauge and tension. In US terminology, this is referred to as gauge, and in UK terminology this is referred to as tension. Both terms mean the exact same thing – it’s the number of stitches and rows measured within a specified unit of measure (usually 4-inches/10cm).

Once you have a grasp of the two different crochet terminologies, you’ll be able to work from any crochet pattern in the world!

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