The need for a Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart is because the U.S. and U.K. basic stitches, even though they are the same stitches, are called different names. There is one set of basic stitches worldwide, but there are two sets of names for them. They are listed in the table below.
If you are reading a pattern and have no idea whether you are reading a U.S. or U.K. pattern then you can find out which country your pattern is from by looking in the front or the back of your pattern book; it will be noted who printed the book, where the book was printed and their contact details. This will give you a fair idea as to which kind of stitches are printed within the book.
You will want to know whether your pattern uses U.S. or U.K. stitches before starting your pattern so that you end up crocheting your project correctly.
Below you will find the crochet stitch conversion chart so that when you are reading a pattern that was made in either the U.S. or U.K. you can convert your stitches to suit your needs.
Note: In Australia, crochet pattern books which are sold here are generally using U.K. stitches. U.S. pattern books are available in Australia also but if you are Australian and don’t know what stitches you’ve been crocheting then it’s highly likely that you’ve been using the U.K. stitches. I’ve come across many of people who crochet and couldn’t tell me whether they were crocheting U.S. or U.K. stitches because they were simply unaware of the fact that stitches are named differently in other countries.
Crochet Stitch Conversion Chart
|United States (U.S.)||United Kingdom (U.K.)
|chain = ch||chain = ch|
|single crochet = sc||double crochet = dc|
|half double crochet = hdc||half treble crochet = htr|
|double crochet = dc||treble = tr|
|triple (or treble) crochet = tr or trc||double treble = dtr|
|double treble (or double triple) = dtr or dbltr/c||triple treble = ttr|
|triple treble = ttr||quadruple treble = qtr|
This can be extremely confusing and even more so for a beginner, especially if you weren’t aware of the fact that there are two sets of terms for crochet stitches. I know I scratched my head a fair few times before I figured out what was going on!
Personally, I find that the U.S. stitch terms make more sense because they describe the stitch as what they really are. I’m sure that you will agree once you wrap your head around all of the U.S. and U.K. stitch terms from this crochet stitch conversion chart.
I suggest you print this chart out and have it handy for when you need it.
So, don’t worry, I’m sure that the majority of us crocheters had and still have problems with this. Glad you’ve joined the gang!
All the best,
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