Crochet, crochet fundamentals

How to speak crochet slang

“I had a WIP that I was considering frogging before it turned into a UFO, but I picked it up again and now it is HOTH.”

Are you looking at that and thinking “Huh?? What is she talking about?” You see, there is more than just stitch terms and definitions when it comes to crochet. There is a whole set of terms that people use to describe their work, what they are doing and what the end result looks like. In this episode of my Crochet Fundamentals series I am listing as many of those strange terms as I could find.

There are a lot of terms that I know because I use them myself, but then there are always less common terms that you sometimes see floating around. Here is a list of things that I could find online and their explanations.

  1. Ami – short for Amigurumi, the Japanese art of making crochet animals and toys
  2. Bistichtual – this is someone who both knits and crochets
  3. C2CCorner-to-Corner Crochet
  4. CAL – Crochet Along, a project in which a new part of the pattern is released every week or fortnight. A crochet along is a great way to work on the same project with people from all over the world.
  5. CnC – Critter and Crochet photo, this a photo of your pet with your crochet work, usually your cat or dog that is preventing you from getting to your crochet because they are all over it.
  6. De-stashing (also know as Un-stashing) – when you give away or sell some of your yarn stash, usually to make room for more yarn that you really want.
  7. FO – Finished object
  8. FOTH – Fresh off the Hook
  9. Freeform (also called freestyle or freehand) – crochet worked without a pattern, just taking it one stitch at a time and seeing where it goes.
  10. Frog or Frogging – ripping out your work. The word comes from the sound that a frog makes, ‘ribbit’ which sounds like ‘rip it’.
  11. FS – For Sale, when posing an item such as yarn or crochet project in a social group which is available for sale.
  12. Hooker – A proud crocheter; very true for me, for you too?
  13. HOTH – Hot off the hook
  14. HSPY – Have not started project yet
  15. ISO – In search of, usually yarn or a pattern
  16. JOTH – Just off the hook
  17. LYS – Local or little yarn store, a very dangerous place!
  18. MAM – Mile a Minute afghan, a project that works up really fast.
  19. MGBTC – Must get back to crocheting
  20. NCR – Not Crochet Related, often used in crochet social groups when posting something that is not related to crochet.
  21. OCD – Obsessive crocheting disorder
  22. PABLE – Patterns accumulated beyond life expectancy
  23. PHD – projects half done
  24. PIGS – projects in grocery bags, this is not a good sign actually….
  25. PTP – Permission to Post, especially applicable to social groups that have strict rules about what may and may not be posted.
  26. SABLE – stash accumulated beyond life expectancy
  27. STASH – all your yarn, also that hidden yarn that your husband isn’t allowed to know about
  28. TALC – Take along crochet
  29. TIA – Thank you in advance, often used in social groups when asking a question.
  30. TOAD – Trashed object abandoned in disgust, never going back to it again.
  31. UFO – Unfinished object, this might become a TOAD at a certain point if you don’t watch out.
  32. USO – Unstarted object, a project you have all the yarn for but have not started yet for which ever reason.
  33. WIP – Work in progress
  34. WIM – Work in mind, your crochet to-do list
  35. WIVSP – Work in very slow progress, can lead to a UFO
  36. YAP – Yet another project
  37. Yarn Barf (also known as Yarn Vomit) – The yarn mess that comes out of the center of a ball of yarn if you don’t get the starting tail right.
  38. Yarn Bomb – An object that has been covered by crochet or knitted fabric. Often public property such as lamp posts, benches and trees.
  39. Yarn Cake – the winded yarn you end up with when winding a skein of yarn using a yarn winder.
  40. YART – Yarn acquisition road trip. Always set yourself a budget before going on these.

Were there terms in there that are new to you? Bet you will never look at a frog in the same way again!

By no means do I claim this list to be complete. If you know terms that should be on this list, please leave a comment and I will add it. I would love to get an overview of as many strange crochet terms as possible. Thank you for helping me with this ❤

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15 thoughts on “How to speak crochet slang”

  1. HOTH should be Hot OFF the Hook – not OF.
    JOTH should be Just OFF the hook.

    Great list! Thanks for posting it. Yes, I now know what TIA means. (TAI means Think About It)


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