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Here Are 13 Helpful Crochet Slang Words – Easily Unraveled

Crochet slang words are sometimes confusing and need to be unraveled. I know this is something I struggled with big time when I first started hooking.

In this article, I’m going to unravel (see what I did there?) some of the more common (and a few not so common!) slang words that crocheters use.

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Are you a member of a crochet group on Facebook? Do you follow some crocheters on social media (*coughmecough*) love what they post, but get confused in their slang words? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. This was definitely a problem for me when I first started my crochet journey, and I needed these words to be unraveled too.

I would find a hooker or designer that I loved, but then get lost in their slang words and get so frustrated I”d just stare at the pretty projects instead. Eventually, I was able to pick up on some, but to this day there are still some slang words that have me running to Google be unraveled.

Here’s a rundown of the most common (And some uncommon) crochet slang words and their meanings.

Crochet Slang Words Unraveled

HOTH/FOTH = Hot off the hook/fresh off the hook

The piece you just finished, and are excited to show off.

C2C = Corner to corner

Crochet squares or blankets that are worked on the diagonal, and often use graphs to create an image. There’s also the soul-crushing time-suck known as weaving in your ends with this one, create at your own risk.

CAL = Crochet-a-long

A group of people crocheting the same pattern at the same time. It’s like a crafting circle, but online and with emojis! 😀😍🎁 And you don’t have to worry about spilling your snacks and ruining your project!

LYS = Local Yarn Shop

Where my money goes to leave me

WIP = Work in progress

What you’ve either been pouring your heart and soul into for weeks, or what’s been sitting in your projects basket, or bag for months. Either or

FO = finished object

What you’re hoping your WIP turns into.

UFO = Unfinished object

Similar to a WIP. This one might be destined for the donation pile.

PHD = projects half-done

I have many Ph.D.’s in crochet. Unfortunately, they don’t come with a cap and gown, or a diploma, but sometimes they’re almost as expensive…

TOAD = Trashed object abandoned in disgust

Things have to be pretty bad for this to happen. I recommend a trip to the LYS to help you cool down. 🙂 This is usually a good place to start frogging your project!

SABLE = Stash accumulated beyond life expectancy

I have fourteen colors of blue, and yet none of them are right for this project! Well, off to the LYS I go…

OCD = Obsessive crocheting disorder

What leads to all those WIP’s, UFO’s, Ph.D.’s, and trips to the LYS.

PIGS = Projects in grocery sacks

The whole reason I have a grocery sack full of grocery sacks. For all my WIP’s that need homes.

NCR = Not crochet related

Be careful of this kind of conversation in crochet groups. Some allow it and some don’t. If your group doesn’t allow this, tread carefully, otherwise, just make sure to put this up before you go into your post so that those who aren’t interested can keep scrolling.

ISO = In search of (LYS anyone?)

CROJO = Crochet mojo Also what you could be ISO.

PABLE = Patterns accumulated beyond life expectancy


YAP = Yet another project (Also the thing that makes my husband roll his eyes)

Crochet-DD = Crochet ADD

The inability to focus on your current WIP’s, Ph.D.’s, and UFO’s because there’s just so much pretty pattern inspiration out there! Pinterest may be the underlying culprit.

TALC = Take a-long crochet – The reason my road trips have two extra suitcases packed…

Slang Words Are Just for Fun

I hope this list of crochet slang words helped you or at least made you smile! I know that sometimes we can get carried away with the slang words we use, but these are the most commonly used ones that I’ve run into.

Did I leave a slang word off that you think should be in this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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