Enhance your crochet skills with our latest guide on mastering Slip Stitch, Half-Double Crochet, and Treble Crochet, including a breakdown of crochet chart symbols. Click to learn more!

Crochet Stitch Guide: Expanding Your Skills

Welcome back to our journey through the wonderful world of crochet! In my previous post, we covered the basics to get you started, including chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and more. If you need a refresher, you can revisit that guide here.

You can find the Yarn Guide here and the Crochet Hook Guide here.

Today, we’ll explore three more stitches that are essential for any crocheter looking to expand their skill set: the Slip Stitch, Half-Double Crochet, and Triple Crochet. These stitches will help you add variety and texture to your projects. Let’s get started!

Slip Stitch (Sl St)

The Slip Stitch is one of the simplest stitches in crochet. It is often used to join rounds or to add subtle detail to projects. It creates a flat, tight stitch that is perfect for finishing edges or joining seams in crochet pieces.

  • How to do it: Insert your hook into the stitch, yarn over, and Pull yarn through the loop on the hook in one go. You’ve made a Slip Stitch! And here is a video.

Half-Double Crochet (HDC)

Half-Double Crochet is a wonderful stitch that offers a nice balance between the height of a Double Crochet and the compactness of a Single Crochet. It adds a lovely texture and thickness to your projects, making it perfect for sweaters, hats, and scarves.

  • How to do it: Yarn over, insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over again, and pull through the stitch. You’ll have three loops on your hook. Yarn over once more and pull through all three loops on the hook. Here is the video.

Treble Crochet (Tr)

The Triple Crochet is a tall stitch that works up quickly and creates a looser fabric. It is ideal for lacy patterns like shawls and dresses, where you want a light, airy texture.

  • How to do it: Yarn over twice, insert the hook into the stitch, yarn over, and pull back through the stitch. You should have four loops on your hook now. Yarn over and pull through two loops, yarn over again and pull through two more loops, then yarn over once more and pull through the last two loops on your hook. Here is a video.

Please remember that these are US Crochet Terms. My blog post explains the difference between US and UK Crochet Terms here.

Now that you’ve learned these new stitches, let’s bridge into how to interpret crochet diagrams, which can open up a whole new world of patterns for you. Understanding crochet chart symbols is essential as they visually represent the stitches you’ve just mastered. This skill will allow you to follow complex patterns from around the world, even if they don’t have written instructions. Below, you’ll find a table of the most common crochet chart symbols, each corresponding to a different stitch or technique, helping you visualize and execute patterns with ease. Let’s take a look!

Crochet Chart Symbols

To help you read patterns and charts more easily, I’m including a table with some of the most common crochet chart symbols. Each symbol represents a stitch or a group of stitches, as you’ll often find in crochet stitch charts.

Are you ready to take your crocheting to the next level? Learn essential stitches and understand crochet chart symbols with our comprehensive guide. Click to learn more!

Terms & Abbreviations

Additionally, here’s a handy table of terms and abbreviations you’ll encounter in crochet patterns. Whether you’re following a written pattern or a chart, these abbreviations will be your guide to understanding the instructions quickly.


alt = alternate

approx. = approximately

beg = begin or beginning

bet = between

bl or blo = back loop or back loop only

bo = bobble

bp = back post

bpdc = back post double crochet

bphdc = back post half double crochet

bpsc = back post single crochet

bptr = back post treble crochet

cc = contrasting color

ch = chain stitch

ch-sp = chain space

cL = cluster

cont = continue

dc = double crochet

dc2tog = double crochet 2 stitches together

dec = decrease

dtr = double treble crochet

edc = extended double crochet

ehdc = extended half double crochet

esc = extended single crochet

etr = extended treble crochet

fl or flo = front loop or front loop only

fp = front post

fpdc = front post double crochet

fphdc = front post half double crochet

fpsc = front post single crochet

fptr = front post treble crochet

hdc = half double crochet

hdc2tog = half double crochet 2 stitches together

inc = increase

mc = main color

pc = popcorn stitch

prev = previous

ps or puff = puff stitch

rem = remaining

rep = repeat

rnd = round

rs = right side

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet 2 stitches together

sh = shell

sk = skip

sl st slip = stitch

sm or sl m = slip marker

sp = space

st = stitch

tbl through back loop

tch or t-ch = turning chain

tog = together

tr = treble crochet

tr2tog = treble crochet 2 stitches to-

trtr = triple treble crochet

WS = wrong side

yo = yarn over


* = Repeat the instructions following the asterisk as many times as directed.

* * = Repeat the instructions between the asterisks as many times as directed.

{ } or [ ] = Work instructions within brackets as many times as directed.

( ) = Work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed, or work a group of stitches all in the same stitch or space.

These resources are designed to make your crochet journey smoother and more enjoyable. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t hesitate to use these stitches in various combinations to see what beautiful patterns you can create.

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As I wrap up today’s guide on expanding your crochet skills with new stitches and understanding crochet chart symbols, I hope you feel inspired to tackle new projects and patterns with confidence. Crocheting is not just a hobby; it’s a creative journey that brings joy and relaxation to everyday life.

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Join our community of passionate crafters today and start enjoying all these benefits. Let’s continue to grow our skills together and share in the joy of creating beautiful things with our hands. Remember, every stitch you make adds a unique touch of beauty to the world.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Have a beautiful day, and enjoy crocheting!


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