Crochet goes back a long time in history, the simple craft of taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into one of so many things was later turned into knitting by the french by using two needles instead of a hook to achieve similar but yet different results.
Much like some of the ways language has changed between the UK and America, so have terms for crochet.
If you're learning online its quite likely the terms will be american, if you're purchasing patterns or books, its not uncommon for it not to state wether its using US or UK terminology.
US term UK term
Slip single crochet
single crochet double crochet
half double crochet extended double crochet
double crochet trebble crochet
trebble crochet double treble crochet
Often the easiest way to find out if you're reading an american or UK pattern/book is to go either by hooksize - which americans will usually have 14 - 0 then A-Z where as UK needles are often just referred to in modern books by their size in mm. Or check
Liz's guide to crochet differences between US and UK
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8 November 2006
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