What does the number in parentheses mean in a crochet pattern?

Have you ever looked at a crochet (or knitting) pattern and wonder what those numbers at the end of the line are?

numbers in parentheses in crochet knitting patterns

Those numbers are the stitch count for that line of the pattern… in other words, how many stitches you should have in that row/round (6 stitches in the above example).

Sometimes a pattern may be more explicit and say “6 sc” (meaning there should be 6 single crochet stitches), but often the type of stitch is left out, leaving just a number.

So, fear not- it’s not some crazy instruction telling you to do more stitches… it’s just meant to help you out!

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Feb 14, 2012 | Posted by in Tips & Techniques | 1 comment

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  1. Emma says:

    This is really helpful for beginning crocheters. I definitely want to try some of your patterns in the future! :)