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Abbreviations used in knitting and crocheting
Needle and Hook Chart at BEVS - size comparisons

Head, Foot and blanket size/measurement charts

Offsite helpful links

FYI Copyrights for crafters ! 
How much yarn will I need to make a...? (at LionBrand)
Mattress Stitch for invisible seams
Yarn from old sweaters etc
Yarn Conversion charts etc

Yarn Equivalents  (USA and UK)

US    UK
*  Sock/baby (very thin) weight
    3-ply / jumper
Sport weight     4-ply
DK weight (baby weight)
    8 ply   Doubleknitting    
Worsted weight - most common for afghans     10 ply
Fisherman or Medium weight      Aran
Bulky weight 
    Chunky   13 ply


Knitting Poem to teach kids to knit
Knit (to start place yarn in back)

"In through the front door,
Run around the back,
Hop through the window,
Off jumps Jack."

Basic Knitting Instructions
Bev's TEACH a child to knit
Bev's How to add a twisty fringe

Circular Needle Knitting Instructions
Converting pattern from Knit to Crochet - FREE 
Homemade Knitting Needles!  

Knitting videos of various techniques

Knitting Tips from Maggies Rags
Knitting Lessons from Linens direct!...(They are located in the UK but they also have some lovely yarn!
Knit Pro 2.0
will create graph charts for free, for any graphic you have
Magic Loop Knitting video and more!

Metric Needles and hooks conversion Chart
Pattern Generators
cardigan, poncho, pull-over sweaters
Tips and Tricks on Knitting from  
Your Ultimate Knitting Destination


A couple of great videos to teach you the basics of crochet


Getting started 1 (above) and 2 (below) 

After watching these videos be certain to come BACK to BevsCountryCottage to get some simple patterns to help you start!

Learn to Crochet: Lesson 1
Learn to Crochet: Lesson 2
Learn to Crochet: Lesson 3
Learn to Crochet: Lesson 4
Learn to Crochet: Lesson 5

* Lion Brands Illustrations of every crochet stitch including basics!  Excellent! Basic Crochet stitches

Animated Bead Crochet lesson
Basic Crochet Instructions
Beginner -
  free how to crocheting instructions, designs and patterns for beginners
Crochet Tips and hints
Crochet tutorials
How to do the AFGHAN stitch
How to Change COLORS 

Instructions for Joining Squares- with photos
Joining and changing colors at crochet cabana

links to all kinds of crochet stitches

Metric Needles and hooks conversion Chart  

Pictures of how to make basic sts
Specific Crochet Stitches!

How to teach someone to CROCHET

Converting patterns between crochet and knit

How To Use a Round Knitting Loom

Cross Stitch
Tutorial from Stitch

Plastic Canvas
Tutorial from Stitch

Tatting Tiny Flowers
Tatting Video

Special Techniques
Do Hairpin Lace
Felted hat pattern and directions
Felting carded Wool

Felting Tips and Helps
How to - Pom Pom Making
Kool-Aid Dyeing
Kool-Aid Dyeing stove top or microwave
Kool-Aid color chart

Mattress stitch with moving photos
Sewing basics

Starch items
Terrific photos and info on Kool Aid dyeing - includes which flavors to use
Tye Dye
Very specific directions on Kool-Aid dyeing - includes microwaving method

Working in ENDS of yarn


(some of these apply to both crochet and knit)
for more in depth abbreviations go to

Knitting Stitches Dictionary - links to how to make various patterns and stitches

K = Knit
P = Purl
st(s) = Stitch(es)
tog = together
in(s) = inches
K1 = Knit one stitch
P1 = Purl one stitch
K2tog = Knit two stitches together
P2tog = Purl two stitches together
YO or YON = Yarn over needle (to create a stitch)
( ) = instructions in brackets are to be repeated a specified number of times
sl st = Slip stitch
inc = increase
M1 = make one
MC = main color CC = contrast color
dec = decrease
rep = repeat
rem = remaining
rnd = round
rs = right side
Kb = knit into back of stitch
PSSO = Pass slipped stitch over
p2tog - Purl two together
wb = wool to back of work as if to knit
wf = wool forward
wrn = wool round front
ws = wrong side
wyib - With Yarn In Back
wyif - With Yarn In Front
yb - Yarn to the Back
yf - Yarn to the Front
Yfwd = yarn forward
yfrn = yarn forward and round needle
yo2 = yarn over twice


beg = beginning
bet = between
BLO = back loop only
Ch = Chain
cl(s) =cluster(s)
dc = double crochet
dec = decrease
dtr = double triple
foll = following
FP = front post
FPdc = front post double crochet
FPtr = front post triple
grp(s) = group(s)
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increase
lp(s) = loop(s)
MC = main color CC = contrast color
pc = picot
prev = previous
rem = remaining
rep = repeat
rnd(s) = round(s)
sk = skip
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
sp(s) = space(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
tog = together
tch = turning chain
tr = triple crochet
rep = repeat
rem = remaining

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