Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Crochet Abbreviations

Someone just asked about how to read crochet abbreviations. I found a site that lists the most common US crochet abbreviations and what they stand for. The link is here:


And I have also placed it in the 'Links I Love' listing.

Once you know what the abbreviation stands for, you can go to this link from Crochet Pattern Central (also in 'Links I Love') to see how the stitch is made:


Happy crocheting to all of you, beginners and experienced alike. And, Merry Christmas :-)


  1. Ow,this is great .Thank you .
    Merry christmas to you :)

  2. Oh my gosh Beth! I've done a lot of surfing collecting patterns. MOst of what I find is nice, some is even beautiful, but what you have created is absolutely phenomenal. You are a true artist my dear!!

  3. Ana, thank-you so much for your kind words. Have a blessed Holy Day season :-)


  4. Hi Beth! I recently came across your blog and am making a doll for my little 3 year old sister. She's excited and so am I.

    I just wanted to ask, I don't have much money at the moment and I can't get the safety eyes. Since my sister is 3 and I can't really get the eyes, is there any way you can help me by putting up a short pattern for "crocheted eyes"? Fully crocheted and that will look good on the doll?

    If you could help, that'd be great.

    I'm excited to finish this doll and I find everything on your site helpful. I wanna make a travel bag for the doll, so I'll have to look at your photostream stuff.

    Could you help? I do have this Dolly type thread yarn stuff in faded white, could I use that in any way to make eyes?

    I'm a new fan of your blog and dolls. Could you post patterns of your punk gloves and boots?

  5. Hi Shana,

    I think you could make some pretty nice eyes with size 10 crochet cotton. Look at the instructions for the eyewhites ( in the Free Spirit pattern), and instead of using white for the whole thing, use an iris color for the first round, then do the second round in white, and then the final round in a dark brown. I haven't actually tried this, but I'm sure it would work. And, after you sew this to the face, you could use a little embroidery floss in white and make a couple short stitches for highlights in the eyes.

    The Steampunk gloves are pretty easy. Make a chain the length you want the glove, then work single crochets in the back loops only for as many rows as it takes for the glove to fit around her wrist and arm. Sew the first and last rows together; then you can take a contrasting color and just work (single crochet, chain three) in the end of each row on either end for the ruffles.

    The Steampunk boots are just a modification of the Victorian boots. For the gaitor portion of the boot, start in the center front and don't work an overlap; make them as tall as you like.

    Hope this helps. It is so cool that you are making your sister a doll. What a lucky sister :-)