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What do you call larger crochet stitches?

by Laura Eccleston

19 Aug 2020


What do you call larger crochet stitches?
As a beginner crocheter you might be familiar with some of the more common names for crochet stitches and may have even come across the larger crochet stitch, the treble crochet in US terminology where you yarn over twice before working the stitch, but have you ever wondered what a stitch is called when you yarn over three times? four times? even five times?

Perhaps you've always wondered why they skip the single crochet in UK terminology, jumping straight to the double crochet. Well, it's all to do with Latin. So, below is a list of all the stitch names in US and UK terminology to help you better understand their names and how they grow, all the way up to yarning over 10 times! There really is no limit to how many times you can yarn over, but the stitches will get increasingly more complicated to pronounce! 

Based on Latin names, we start with the smallest stitch, listing them all the way up to the huge nonuple/decuple treble. The number in brackets shows you how many times you will need to yarn over before working the stitch and you will see the UK terminology stated in the brackets at the end.

(0) sl st = slip stitch / (ss)
(0) sc = single crochet / (dc)
(1) hdc = half double crochet / (htr)
(1) dc = double crochet / (tr)
(2) tr = treble crochet / (dtr)
(3) dtr = double treble crochet / (ttr or trtr)
(4) trtr or ttr = triple treble crochet / (qtr or quadtr)
(5) qtr or quadtr = quadruple treble / (qutr or quintr)
(6) qutr or quintr = quintuple treble / (sxtr or sexttr)
(7) sxtr or sexttr = sextuple treble / (sptr or septtr)
(8) sptr or septtr = septuple treble / (otr or octtr)
(9) otr or octtr = octuple treble / (ntr or nontr)
(10) ntr or nontr = nonuple treble / (dectr or decuple treble)

As you start to look at the larger stitches it starts to explain why UK terminology skips the single crochet, because when you yarn over 10 times it fits the Latin naming convention as decuple, meaning a unit of 10. Whereas in the US, yarning over 10 times uses the latin name convention for 9, nonuple, even though you yarn over 10 times. As larger stitches have become less common, the decision to add in a single crochet stitch in US terminology would perhaps make more sense to crocheters. Either way, I hope that helps to answer some questions you may have had about larger crochet stitch names! 

Did you know that yarning over 1000 times would make the stitch a milluple treble in UK terminology? I'm not sure I'm quite ready for that though or have a hook long enough! 

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