also called mosaic crochet, jacquard crochet, intarsia, colorwork, fair isle, and hard crochet.
Tapestry crochet is working single crochet, working over the unused color. It is generally worked a bit firmer than regular single crochet and the finished product looks woven. Different designs can be worked by changing colors according to a picture.
Turning chain (tch)
The turning chain(s) are the chains you make to bring your row or round up to the correct height.
This clever little device holds your material taut while you work on it. The possible uses are endless. Available from Lacis.
also called Tunisian crochet, Afghan stitch, Shepherd’s knitting, Hook knitting, Railroad knitting
See Afghan stitch
Triple or Treble (tr)
To make a triple crochet: yo twice, insert hook into top two loops of stitch (unless otherwise specified), yo, pull through stitch (4 lps on hk), (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times.
Triple crochet decrease
To make a triple crochet decrease yo twice, insert hook into st, yo, pull through stitch (4 loops on hook), yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops, yo twice, insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull through (5 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops (4 loops on hook), yo and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook) yo and pull through all 3 loops.
Triple treble (tr tr)
To make a triple treble: yo 4 times, insert hook into top two loops of stitch (unless otherwise specified), yo, pull through stitch (6 lps on hk), (yo, pull through 2 lps yo) 5 times.
A triple yo-yo is 3 rounds. There are two ways to make these. One uses 12, 24, 36 stitches. That would be 12 in ring, 2 in each st, then increase in every other stitch to get 36.
The other is made the same, continuing the basic yo-yo. It starts with 16 dc in ring, then 2 in each, then increase in every other stitch – 16, 32, 48. If you are making for a charity, all the circles need to be the same so ask the person joining what she accepts.
also called Afghan stitch, Tricot crochet, Shepherd’s knitting, Hook knitting, Railroad knitting
See Afghan stitch
In a variegated skein the strand changes to different colors in sequence, like blue to green to white or whatever, rather than different shades of the same color. Variegated yarns are sometimes subject to flashing and pooling, where particular colors make an unexpected pattern or where colors pool in certain spots.
A V-Stitch is actually a group of stitches that looks like a “V” (an open triangle). A common example would be (dc, ch 1, dc).
Please see the tutorial in Special Stitches for more information.
To make an x-stitch: yo twice, insert hook in stitch, yo, draw through st
yo, draw through 2 loops (3 loops on hook), yo, skip 2 sts (or whatever the pattern tells you to do), insert hk in next st, yo, draw through (5 loops on hook),
(yo, draw through 2 loops) 4 times (1 loop on hook)
ch 2, yo, insert hook in 2 strand at the center of the “triangle”, yo, draw through (3 loops on hook) (yo, draw through 2 loops) twice
x times (multiple)
Multiply the multiple by another number to get the number of stitches you need to make on your foundation chain.
Example: multiple of 3 + 1
(3 x 8) = 24 + 1 = 25
You would make 25 chains.
Another way that “x times” is used is to tell you to make a certain combination of stitches a certain number of times.
Example: (dc, ch 1, sk 1) three times
See Bavarian crochet.
Wrong side (ws)
The back side of your project.
To make a Y-stitch: yo twice, insert hook into top two loops of stitch (unless otherwise specified), yo, pull through stitch (4 lps on hk), (yo, pull through 2 lps) 3 times (triple crochet made), ch 2 or 3, yo, insert hook in center of triple crochet, yo and pull through, (yo and pull through 2 loops) twice.
Y-Stitch Double crochet version
DC in stitch, ch 1, hdc in between two bottom vertical strands of stitch
Yarn forward (YF)
Indicates that yarn should be held in front of work instead of behind work.
Using knitted or crocheted fiber art to decorate public items or areas such as statues, poles and signs. It can be easily removed if necessary.
A wooden “tree” to hold many skeins of yarn. Here are instructions I found on how to build your own yarn tree. Mine was made for me by my son-in-law.
Yarn over (yo)
Yarn should sit behind hook, bring yarn over hook (from back to top).
Make a ring (use either adjustable ring OR chain 4 or 5 and join with a slip stitch), ch 2 or 3, work 15 more dcs in center of your ring, join with a slip stitch and weave in ends.
See also double yo-yo and triple yo-yo.