Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Language of Fiber

In Italy, they speak Italian, in France it's French and in the Netherlands is Dutch... I could go on and on - but you get my meaning.  Each 'culture' has it's own language and the crochet culture is no different!

Not to worry!  Most designers take the time to make a "key" or a "legend" at the beginning of each pattern to help you out.  But just in case, here are some of the most common acronyms and abbreviations to help you though the Language of Fiber 

Commonly Used Stitch Terms in Patterns: 
Terms reflect American English
BEGBegin or Beginning
BLO or BLBack Loops Only or Back Loop
BP Back Post
BPDC Back Post Double Crochet
BPESC Back Post Extended Single Crochet
BPHDCBack Post Half Double Crochet
BPSCBack Post Single Crochet
BPTRBack Post Treble Crochet
CA or B, C, etcColor "A", "B", etc
CCContrasting Color
CHChain Stitch
CH-#Make chain for required # of stitches
CH-SPChain Space
DCDouble Crochet
DC2TOGDouble Crochet 2 Stitches Together
DTRDouble Treble Crochet
FLO or FLFront Loops Only or Front Loop
FP Front Post
FPESC Front Post Extended Single Crochet
FPHDCFront Post Half Double Crochet
FPSCFront Post Single Crochet
FPTRFront Post Treble Crochet
HDCHalf Double Crochet
LP or LPSLoop or Loops
MCMain Color
M/M or MMMove Marker or Marker Moved
PMPlace Marker
RND or RNDSRound or Rounds
RS Right Side of Work
SCSingle Crochet
SC2TOGSingle Crochet 2 Stitches Together
SKP or SKSkip
SLST Slip Stitch
SP or SPSSpace or Spaces
ST or STS Stitch or Stitches
TCH or T-CH Turning Chain
TOG Together
TRTreble Crochet
WSWrong Side of Work
YOYarn Over
YOHYarn Over Hook

Commonly Used Terms in Conversation: 
Terms reflect American English
BiCRAFTUALSomeone who Crochets & Knits
C2CCorner to Corner
CALCrochet Along
CIPCrocheting In Public
FOTHFresh Off The Hook
FROG/FROGGING To Rip Out  (can be rnds/rows or entire project) - "Rip It" 
 (ribbit - ribbit)
HOTH Hot Off The Hook
HSPY Haven't Started Project Yet
ISOIn Search Of
JOTHJust Off The Hook
LYSLocal Yarn Shop or Store
MGB2C or MGBTCMust Get Back To Crocheting
OCDObsessive Crocheting Disorder
OOAKOne Of A Kind
PABLEPattern Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
PHDProjects Half Done
PIFPay It Forward
RAKRandom Act of Kindness
RTS or R2SReady To Ship
SABLEStash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
STASHGenerally refers to Yarn on hand
STASH BUSTERProject that utilizes a lot of yarn
TAC or TALCTake Along Crochet
TIAThanks In Advance
TOADTrashed Object - Abandoned & Disgusted
UFOUnfinished Object - (usually abandoned or neglected)
USOUnstarted Object
VANILLAAn easy project. (smooth, plain)
WIPWork In Progress
WIVSPWork In Very Slow Progress
YAPYet Another Project
YARN BARFTangled mess of yarn ejected from center of a skein - generally found when digging for the starting tail of a new skein
YARN BOMBDecorative piece of Fiber Art in a very public place - Fiber Graffiti
YARNIE A lover of yarn (could also reflect small business owner who spins and dyes own yarns)
YARTYarn Acquisition Road Trip
YASYarn Acquisition Syndrome