Whether you’ve been crocheting for a while or you’re brand new to the craft, I have learned that there are some common issues that can crop up. So I have put together a couple of handy guides to help make it easier to figure out what is what.
The first issue is the US vs UK terms. When we first start out most of us don’t realise that there is such a thing. Many of the basic stitch names are the same between both, but both refer to different stitches. Double crochet and treble stitches are probably the first to trip us up! For those that haven’t learned yet, double crochet in US terms is the same as a treble in UK terms, but a double crochet in UK terms is a single crochet in US terms, so you can see how it can get confusing. To help remove this confusion I developed this quick reference guide for US and UK terms. It’s based on my stitch symbol guide, but I’ve combined the US and UK basic stitches into one page to make it easier to quickly figure which basic stitch is which.
As you can see this guide shows the stitch abbreviation with the stitch symbol and instructions for making the stitch. Patterns will usually use the abbreviations, so this makes it easy to quickly reference what they mean. If you want the complete guides for US and UK terms that I have put together, you can sign up to receive them for free from here.
The next common source of confusion is choosing yarn and hooks. The label for yarn will have the weight, size or ply on it and a recommended hook size, but this doesn’t help much if your pattern calls for one type but your yarn is labelled with something different. I’ve learned some of them over time and from having used them so often, but I still need to google sometimes to figure it out. To help both you and me out I have put together the quick reference guide below that shows yarn labels and weights or ply and what metric hook sizes to use. Now I know that there are some other hook reference sizes to consider, but I have only included the metric ones on this guide as this is what most of my audience base will come across.
I hope these guides help you on your next crochet project! Be sure to save the images or pin them to pinterest so that you have them always.