Hedge Stitch – The Linguistics of the Crochet

Crochet stitches is the linguistics of hook. They are the very essence of crochet craft and as such they have earned their own special "abbreviations" and quirks.

Purpose of hedge stitches

Hedge stitches and crochet patterns are the drawing for any chin project. Just like sewing patterns and instructions is a seamstress. You have to think about hedge stitches and patterns that you would think of ingredients and recipes.

As a good recipe, good hedge patterns tell you what materials and hedge stitches you need to complete the crochet project. Just like a good recipe, the hook pattern will tell you in a step by step pattern that writes and how many hook stitches are needed.

How an ordinary crochet pattern looks

This is an excerpt of what a basic crocheted pattern sees and how the stitches are described.

You will need

Double twine / 4 mm hook hook

Use stitches

Chain position / plain knit st / double crochet dc (UK) Single crochet (USA)

Starting at the top (head)

Start with a snap knot on your hook

Make 4 ch and slip stitches in the first chain to form a circle

1. Make 1 chain and work 10 tr in the ring that ends with a slip stitch in the first seam.

2. Make 1 chain and then increase by working (1dc in first and 2dc to next seam) repeat this around the envelope with a slider in the first seam.

You noticed CH and DC these are the staple abbreviations. Saves to repeat it slowly in the pattern; especially if it is a handwritten pattern.

Staple Abbreviations

  • Chain – ch
  • Simple crochet – sc
  • Double crochet – dc
  • Grinding Stitch – ch
  • Half double crochet – hdc
  • And so on …


Hooked instructions are also shortened … just to make life interesting

  • Increase – inc
  • Decrease – Dec
  • Yarn over – yo
  • Yarn over hook – yoh

So there you have it … crocheted stitches is the linguistics for crocheted crafts. A slight twist is a difference in the nicknames in America and the UK … what a surprise.