UK/Australian vs US/Canadian Crochet Terms

It’s super important to figure out whether a crochet pattern is written in US or UK terminology. Otherwise, things could get really confusing!

How do you know if a pattern is written in US or UK crochet terms?

Usually, the designer will state clearly in the notes which terminology is being used. If not, a good way to tell is if the pattern makes use of the single crochet – this is a term that is only used in US terminology.

What is the difference between US and UK crochet terms?

Some, but not all, crochet stitches go by different names according to the US or UK definitions. There are also some differences in the words for different skills and techniques. To make matters a little more complex, Canadian crochet terms mostly follow US conventions but have some crossover with UK definitions.

In general, UK crochet terms “add one” number above the US version. For example, a single crochet in US terms is called a double crochet in UK terms, and a US double crochet is a UK treble crochet.

Use the chart below to translate US to UK crochet terms and abbreviations. It will open up another world of crocheting possibilities! Be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

US vs UK Crochet Terms Chart

chain (ch)chain (ch)
slip stitch (sl st)slip stitch (ss)
single crochet (sc)double crochet (dc)
half double crochet (hdc)half treble (htr)
double crochet (dc)treble (tr)
treble (tr)double treble (dtr)
double treble (dtr)triple treble (trtr)
back post double crochet (bpdc)raised treble back (rtrb)
front post double crochet (fpdc)raised treble front (rtrf)
single crochet 2 together (sc2tog)double crochet 2 together (dc2tog)
double crochet 2 together (dc2tog)treble crochet 2 together (tr2tog)
yarn over (yo)yarn over hook (yoh)

yarn round hook (yrh)
US vs UK Crochet Terms

Ready to learn more about crochet terms and abbreviations? Be sure to check out:

How To Read Crochet Abbreviations

A – Z Crochet Glossary: All the Terms You Need to Know

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