LEARN CROCHET SLANG
Our essential guide to crochet slang. By Becca Parker.
Any crocheter worth their salt needs to know their WIPs from their CALs and how to use them. Confused already? Fear not. Here’s our foolproof run- down of the top crochet slang and phrases you might encounter at a stitch night, online or here in
Simply Crochet. Think of it as your hooky cheat sheet. You’ll be fluent in no time.
CAL !ACRONYM" Crochet-along. When crafters are invited to complete the same pattern, sometimes within a specified time period, often stage by stage. It’s a good challenge and fosters fuzzy feelings of community among participants. Psst! Check our Pick ‘n’ Mix blanket CAL on p30. C2C !ABBREVIATION" Corner-to- corner – an easy-peasy diagonal crochet technique. DESTASH !VERB" Sorting your stash in order to swap, sell, donate or discard unwanted yarns.
FROG !VERB" Frogging is the act of undoing your crochet, so- called because you ‘rip-it, rip-it’ like the onomatopoeic frog’s ‘ribbit ribbit’ sound. E.g. I went wrong in the first round so I’m frogging it. FO !ACRONYM" Finished Object. You may see UFO (Unfinished Object). E.g. So proud of my latest FO! HOTH !ACRONYM" Hot Off The Hook LYS !ACRONYM" Local Yarn Store
STASH !NOUN" This is the name given to your ever- growing collection of yarn and/or craft supplies. E.g. Use any yellow DK from your stash.
STASHBUSTING !NOUN" The practice of intentionally making things using yarn from your stash in an attempt to tame it. Beware, this can become a lengthy endeavour, depending on the magnitude of said yarn stash. SABLE !ACRONYM" Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. The struggle is real. TREBLEMAKER !NOUN" A term given to gutsy crocheters. It’s a play on the word troublemaker and can be used interchangeably with hookster or, if you’re feeling extra cheeky, hooker. E.g. Join our online community by sharing your Simply Crochet makes with our hashtag #SCtreblemaker. WIP !ACRONYM" Work-in-progress
YARN BOMB !VERB" The act of decorating public places with crochet or knitting, sometimes covertly. This art form is also known as yarn graffiti or yarn storming. Notable yarn bombers include Deadly Knitshade and Olek.