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In a crochet pattern, if you are supposed to double crochet in 6 stitches in a row it is typically written as “dc in each of next 6 sts” or “dc in next 6 sts”. This is wordier than the equivalent instructions in knitting which would simply be “k 6”. Why don’t we just write “dc 6” in crochet patterns?*

Some people see the more explicit instructions in crochet patterns as being condescending. It seems like pattern writers are treating crocheters like little children who can’t follow directions unless they are completely spelled out.

What I, and others, think though, is that it’s because of the nature of crochet. Unless it’s the most basic of crochet patterns, you can’t always assume you are working one stitch in each stitch across. Many crochet stitch patterns involve skipping stitches, working in front of stitches, working behind stitches, or working multiple stitches in the same spot. It’s necessary to spell things out so explicitly because you can’t take for granted where the hook goes next.

One of the benefits of the wordier crochet patterns is that, at least anecdotally speaking, crocheters tend to be willing to try out more advanced techniques on their own. The more detailed pattern instructions seem to provide a safety net for trying new things.

What do you think? Have you noticed the “wordiness” of crochet patterns? Do you think it’s helpful or a hindrance?

*I’m a crochet tech editor. If you ever send me a pattern where you have written “dc 6”, I will send it back to you corrected as “dc in next 6 sts” or “dc in each of next 6 sts”.