Last year, during a lull in my dressmaking I decided to teach myself how to crochet. Being a visual learner, I turned to YouTube to help me with the stitches. Once I had mastered tension and moved on to different stitches I hit a problem. Different vloggers would give the same stitch a different name. I couldn’t understand why and almost gave up before I had got to grips with my new hobby. Eventually I found the answer. The same stitch has a different name depending on where in the world you live. UK and US crocheters use different terms for exactly the same stitch. So, what is the difference between UK and US crochet stitches?
The difference between UK and US crochet stitches
UK — US
Chain CH — Chain CH
Slip stitch SS — Slip stitch SS
Double DC — Single SC
Half treble HTR — Half double HDC
Treble TR — Double DC
Double treble DTR — Treble TRB
Triple treble TTR — Double treble DTR
Useful to know
Not all bloggers, vloggers or pattern companies will tell you what terminology they are using. To make it even more confusing some UK vloggers will use US terminology because they are targeting the larger American audience. If looking at the pattern itself doesn’t give you a clue to the stitches used, look for the term ‘single crochet’. The UK doesn’t use have a single crochet stitch so you can be pretty sure it’s an American pattern and translate accordingly.
A useful rule of thumb is that British stitches are one stitch up from their American counterparts. A US single is a UK double. A US double is a UK treble and so on. Another hint is in hook sizes. British hooks are numbered (eg 5mm hook) whereas the American hooks have letters to determine size.
I hope this helps you to navigate the sometimes confusing difference between UK and US crochet stitches.
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