American/British Conversion chart: cut out & save!

As I am about to enter my 3rd year of spending 1/15th of my year in the Land Down Under, I am becoming increasingly aware of the differences between the US and Australia. Forget about vegemite vs. peanut butter… the real issue is sorting out your crochet patterns!

I made a handy-dandy guide that you can cut out and carry along with you. You don’t even need to travel much to use it: chances are, you’ve run across a great pattern from another country, and you have to translate the terms. No longer a problem! You can even hide this chart in your pocket and impress your friends!

Click on the button below to download a .pdf version of the chart. Enjoy!

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Nov 1, 2010 | Posted by in free downloads, Tips & Techniques | 14 comments

Comments (14 Responses)

  1. Renae says:

    Cute! I’m just in the process of putting together all my printed crochet patterns in a folder and thought ‘I need a conversion chart for the American ones’ and found your cute chart! Thanks :)

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  3. mj says:

    About to travel in usa so was really glad of your chart – and fun to boot!

  4. Desiree Greyling says:

    I taught myself to crochet whilst in Zimbabwe by using the American book of crochet. I made a love star design table mat was very impressed. My grannie when she saw what i was doing said oh no my dear you must use the British way of crocheting so I had to relearn all the different terms. I like your chart and will down load it and keep it with me. A lot of crochet lessons on the pc is for american crochet. Does it make that much of a difference? Kind regards Des

    • Stacey says:

      @Desiree- as long as you know the differences in terms, you’ll be fine. It’s important to know if a pattern is American or UK, otherwise, if you use the incorrect stitches, you won’t end up with the same item!

  5. Melanie says:

    This is fabulous, thanks!

  6. Love love love this ~ thank you so much for presenting this info so clearly and with such great humour. I’ve linked to this page from my blog ( ~ I hope that is okay ~ if you’d rather I removed the link then let me know and not course I will do so.
    Thanks again.

  7. Una Genty says:

    Thank you so much for this information. I now know what I have done wrong in my last project which were Boot Cuffs.

  8. Carmen says:

    Hi, am make baby hat and its really small, am new to crocheting and am now wondering if I’m doing the stitches wrong. If it asks for dc do I do a treble stitch, the pattern is from the us. And thank you for the hook sizing chart.

    • Stacey says:

      Hi Carmen- Yes, a dc in American is a British treble stitch. You could view an ‘american double crochet’ video on YouTube if you’d like to double check.

  9. Tina says:

    Just what I needed. Thank you so much! Would be cool if all patterns could come with a note whether they are UK or US ;-)

    • Stacey says:

      Hahaha! Yes, it would be! I think that getting all designers to agree to do that would be a bit like herding cats ;)

  10. Thanks for the conversion chart. I needed it to help someone from ‘Across the Pond’ who is unused to American crochet terms. I think this help her so she can understand my granny square patterns. I can see how it would be confusing if you didn’t know. I truly appreciate it.