If there is one confusing aspect of crochet that needs addressing, it is the differences between US and UK terminology. For an unknown reason (or it is unknown to me anyway) we have different terms for hooks, stitches and yarn weights, and it can be a little difficult for beginners to comprehend whilst they are getting used to crochet and everything that comes with it.
I’m not saying I’m an expert as I’m far from it, but it is amazing how many comments I see on video tutorials saying “well that’s wrong, it’s ‘x’ hook for me” and “that’s ‘a’ not ‘b’ stitch,” when it’s simply a case of recognising that most video/book/magazine crochet patterns are dictated in either US or UK terminology, and our hooks are categorised differently.
Personally, it didn’t take me long to understand the basic stitches and now when I stumble across a particular YouTube tutorial, I automatically and mentally convert the terms. However, that is not always the case so I thought it would be handy to make some conversion charts and have them here on the blog in case any of you wanted them for reference.
Just a note that the hook conversions used in my chart are approximate. I’ve taken the sizes from the lettering on my lighted crochet hooks as they note both the metric and US letter measurements.
Most written/video patterns and tutorials should say whether they are using US or UK terminology but if not, the easiest way to distinguish is by ‘single crochet – sc.’ That will tell you instantly that you’re using US terminology so you can convert easily if necessary.
Hopefully these charts will be of use if you do crochet or are thinking about learning.
Please let me know if there’s something I’ve missed off or the charts need editing for whatever reason. I’ve tried to make them fairly easy to read and understand but sometimes a little outside guidance is needed.
I don’t think there is anything else to add so as always, thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!