US vโ€™s UK Crochet Terms

Since the release of my crochet book, I have realised that there is some serious passion about using UK or US crochet terms. So I thought I’d pop a little explanation of sorts on here. ๐Ÿ˜˜

When I write the downloadable patterns, which are in my Ravelry and Etsy stores, I have these available in both terms to make it easier and give everyone who buys my patterns a choice to use their preferred terms, which is pretty easy to do when the product is a download.

Writing a book however, makes this a little more challenging to negotiate, so I took guidance from my publisher and wrote the book in US terms with a quick look conversion guide on the front flap of the book.

Positioning the conversion info here means it is always there as a guide whilst you’re following the patterns, because you can use the flap as a book mark. I thought this was a genius compromise that Tuva came up with.

As well as the US to UK conversion, there’s also a quick stitch and symbol guide. Those folks a Tuva Publishing did so well with this, I think it’s really handy.

I hope you all understand that its so hard to please everyone and I hate that I can’t, but myself and my publisher really have tried SOOOOO hard to do the best we can.

One more little thing, I honestly can’t tell you how thrilled, amazed, proud and excited I am to have actually had a book published. It’s been a rollercoaster ride of self doubt, panic and actual fear if I’m honest. Of course I want everyone to enjoy the book and my patterns, but I know that there’s no such thing as pleasing all of the people all of the time, so for those lovelies who are passionate about UK crochet terms, please don’t let the US terms put you off and stop you creating something you’ll love. ๐Ÿ’•


Crocheter . Knitter . Yarn Dyer . Author of Delicious Crochet Shawls book I am passionate about all things yarny. Iโ€™m obsessed with making and creating whether it be crochet, knitting, or yarn dyeing . I love it all. Designing crochet and knitting patterns is something adore and seeing my ideas come to life in the hands of other yarny obsessives is just fabulous and drives me on to spread the creative love.

3 thoughts on “US vโ€™s UK Crochet Terms

  1. This is a very helpful post Lisa.
    I love your book. I bought a copy a little while ago.
    One of the things I find most useful is the conversion and stitch info being at the very beginning.
    As a long time crocheter and being an Aussie, I’ve always used UK stitch descriptions, but find your book easy and beautiful to understand. Apart from the beautiful layout, photography and patterns – my favourite part is the colourful graphs! I love having a graph to use ๐Ÿ˜€
    Its a beautiful book and I love having it to use. Thank you!!


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