How to Read Instructions

If you have read crochet instructions or patterns before, you know that they can be quite wordy and long. The wordiness can be confusing and time consuming to read. The instructions and patterns on this site are designed to be easy to read and concise.

When you see a stitch abbreviation alone not followed by a number, it means to make one of that stitch in the next stitch of the previous row. Examples:

  • F = Make 1 front loop slip stitch into the next stitch
  • iB = Make 1 inverse back loop slip stitch into the next stitch

 

When you see a stitch abbreviation followed by a number, it means to make one stitch of that stitch in that many of the next stitches. Examples:

  • F2 = Make 1 front loop slip stitch into each of the next 2 stitches
  • B9 = Make 1 back loop slip stitch into each of the next 9 stitches

 

A stitch combination will be enclosed in parentheses and have instructions for how many times it should be repeated. You’ll always have a total number of counts of the combination equal to one more than the number of repeats. Examples:

  • (F2, iB4) repeat twice = Make 1 front loop slip stitch into each of the next 2 stitches. Then make 1 inverse back loop slip stitch into each of the next 4 stitches. Repeat this combination 2 more times. (You’ll have a total of 3 counts of the combination.)
  • (F,iF) repeat 4 times = Make 1 front loop slip stitch in the next stitch. Then make 1 inverse front loop slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat this combination 4 more times. (You’ll have a total of 5 counts of the combination.)

 

When a stitch or stitch combination is followed by “across”, repeat that stitch or stitch combination across to the end of the row. Examples:

  • B across = Make 1 back loop slip stitch into each stitch across to the end of the row
  • (F3, B) across = Make 1 back loop slip stitch into each of the next 3 stitches. Then make 1 back loop slip stitch into the next stitch. Repeat this combination across to the end of the row.

 

Whenever two or more stitches are to be made in one stitch, it will be spelled out for clarity.

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