In an online world where eBay, Amazon, and Pinterest have made finding unique crochet lace patterns so much easier, it’s important to realize, not all patterns speak the same language.
I first came up against this issue when I was making a beautiful rose motif in an old 1920 magazine reprint from the Lacis Museum of Lace. It was a beautiful Irish lace piece. I was in love! But no matter how many times I started, for the life of me, my rose and the “Rose of Sharon” did not match! That was when I learned a very important lesson. American patterns are different from European patterns. It’s not a hard difference to learn, but they are different.
What are the differences between American and European Crochet?
|American Crochet Terms||UK Crochet Terms|
|Single crochet||Double crochet|
|Half double crochet||Half treble crochet|
|Double crochet||Treble crochet|
|Treble crochet||Double treble crochet|
|Double treble crochet||Triple treble crochet|
Many modern patterns will specify which type of pattern they are using. Books will have a stitch guide in the front or back as a reference detailing exactly what each of their standard stitches is meant to look like. However, as a rule of thumb if you’re using 1920 or earlier lace patterns or Irish lace patterns, take special note.
If you’re still in doubt with an ambiguous, gorgeous, must-have pattern, this is the biggest tip– European patterns do not use sc. If the pattern calls for single crochet, you know it’s an American style crochet pattern.