The secret language of crochet (picture from ObeyChrochet)


I am taking part in this great crochet translation project over at
so many languages already to be found there and if yours isn´t one of them write Rhonda an email and add yours and help to make this even a greater project.
Hence I did the icelandic translation

If you master these hieroglyphs universal language of chrochet anything is possible. It doesn´t matter what language you speak, speak this and any pattern with diagramm is yours. I always fancied the ancient egypt with their pharaoh and hieroglyphs. I wanted to learn that language and understand those symbols. But as I grew older, I realiced it´s not so easy and they don´t really know what some of the symbols mean, not even the egyptian penpal I had (just for this purpose ;)). Ah well, I did get the modern arabic alphabet and I do know that one and can write my name and some words, that´s pretty cool too. 

Looking at this "crochet alphabet" I always have to think about the pharaohs and all the mystery sign alphabets out there. This kinda rocks and who knows, maybe the egypt hieroglyphs where just crochet symbols and on those walls are those great patterns for their cool outfits, sphinx and I bet alot of kitties and headpieces too. 

Anyway. Since not everyone is familiar with the meaning of those symbols I drew up some of the most used ones and if you need a video on how to make one of those, there is a video tutorial from various youtube crochet canals.

I´m also adding the name of each stich in US English, UK English (if different to US), German (DE) and Icelandic (IS), since these are the languages of you guys :) 

Update: More languages added: Dutch (NL), French (FR) , Spanish (ES) and Danish (DK) 

To see a video demonstration of each stich, click matching links (videos are in english)

Update! Scroll down for help in understanding japanese and russian patterns

US/UK:chain (ch)
DE:Luftmasche (lm)
IS:loftlykkja (ll)
NL:ketting/losse (l)
FR:ml = maille en l’air
ES:cad = cadeneta
mostly drawn as a circle, sometimes as - 

US/UK:slip stich(sl st)
NL:halve vaste (hv)
FR:mc = maille coulée
ES:pr = punto raso
DK: kædemaske
a dot or a oval dot

US:single crochet (sc)
DE:feste Masche (fM)
IS:fastapinni/fastalykkja/fastamaski (fp/fl/fm)
UK:double crochet (dc)
NL:vaste (v)
FR:ms = maille serrée
ES:pb = punto bajo
shown as x or +

US:half double crochet (hdc) 
DE:halbes Stäbchen 
IS:hálfur stuðull (hst)
UK:half treble crochet)
NL:half stokje (hs)
FR:db = demi-bride
ES:mpa = medio punto alto
DK: halv stangmaske

US:double crochet (dc)
IS:stuðull (st)
UK:half treble crochet
NL:stokje (st)
FR:b = bride
ES:pa = punto alto

US:triple crochet (tr)
DE:doppeltes Stäbchen 
IS:tvöfaldur stuðull
UK:double treble crochet
NL:dubbel stokje (dst)
DK:dobbelt stangmaske

DE:dreifach Stäbchen 
IS:þrefaldur stuðull 
UK:treble crochet
DK: tredobbelt stangmaske 

DE:Luftmasche in vordere Masche 
IS:fp í fremri lykkju 
UK:dc in front loop only
NL:front post = stokje voorlangs

DE:Luftmasche in hintere Masche - 
IS:fp í aftari lykkju 
UK:dc in back loop only
NL:back post = stokje achterlangs
this type is mostly drawn with a lighter colour

DE:Stäbchen in vordere Masche 
IS:Stuðull í fremri lykkju 
UK:dc = UK treble crochet

DE:Stäbchen in hintere Masche 
IS:Stuðull í aftari lykkju

Some other stiches are shown below

cluster (of 3dc)
NL: netwerk

US:reverse sc / crab stich 
FR: ms inversée
ES: punto cangrejo

long stich or spike

Japanese and Russian Patterns

Picture Source Wikimedia
Russian - English Crochet terms

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  1. Sæl.
    Fallegt og skemmtilegt blogg hjá þér :)
    Veistu hvaða lykkja þetta er: Nr. 2 í næstneðstu línu - frá vinstri.

  2. Sæl Hanna, þetta er framlengdur stuðull, þá fer maður fyrst í gegnum eina lykkju í stað tveggja, en klárar svo stuðulinn eins, þá kemur auka lykkja í stuðulinn, eða ertu að meina + það er fasta pinni :) kv. Þurí

  3. Ég var að meina framlengda stuðulinn. Kærar þakkir :)


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