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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!


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

  2. Kayla SAYS...

    What does this mean? Ch16(18,20,22)
    Row 1: 2sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc in next 6(7,8,9) chs.
    Skip ch, sc in next 6(7,8,9) chs. 2sc in last ch. Ch1,

    • Sorry – I’m not sure. I’ve never seen notation like that! It looks like the designer is giving instructions for variant sizes. Check the rest of the pattern to see if there’s an explanation.

  3. Anna SAYS...

    I assumed that’s what it meant. But when I read it, it doesn’t seem to add up…
    R2: 3(X,V) 9

  4. Anonymous SAYS...

    When it says the following what does it mean in a crochet pattern

    Patt 6, tr2tog. 1 tr into st, turn. 8 sts

    • I don’t know. There’s no single standard for crochet abbreviations, but every pattern should have a section near the beginning where they define all the abbreviations they use.

  5. Staz SAYS...

    What does it mean when a pattern says :
    ( 6 rows ) – 30sc does that mean I just sc six times around?

    • Probably. There’s no standard format for crochet patterns, so you kind of just need to learn the shorthand of each individual designer.

  6. Kim SAYS...

    Im at hdc in next 4 (got it) then it says *across to last 4 (2,4,2,4,2) sts. What does the 2s and 4s in the parenthesis represent? What do I do with the 2,4,2,4,2 sequence?

    • This doesn’t look like one of my patterns. Crochet pattern formats aren’t standard – you’ll need to contact the designer of the one you’re confused about.

  7. belle SAYS...

    hello! in your experience say a pattern tells you to sc all the way around but then the number listed at the end doesn’t match how many sc’s that takes… do i just follow the number or actually sc all the way back around to the first sc i did for that round

    • If the numbers don’t match, either you made an error in your stitching or the designer has an error in the pattern. I’d go back and figure out what the problem is before going further – just to make sure you’re not creating a problem that will be compounded and you continue.

      • Mary SAYS...

        I am crocheting a vest. The next instruction I am up to is Next 3…(3,3,3,7) rows. What does this mean?

        • Without it being my pattern it’s hard for me to say for sure, but my guess is that they’re referring to different instructions for different sizes. Your best bet is to contact the designer of that pattern.

  8. Cheryl SAYS...

    Hello, I’m working on a blanket and it has been some time since I have crocheted anything. What I don’t understand is this part: (I added the instructions so it is clearer) Rep from * to end of ch. Turn. 156 sts. The part I do not understand is the 156 sts. Does this mean I should have 156 sts or I should sts 156 more?

    • For most patterns that means you should have 156 stitches – but your best bet is to check with the designer of the pattern you’re using. There’s no single standard system.

  9. Julie Ann Henderson-Carvalho SAYS...

    What does ch2-lp in each first 1 (4, 2, 2, 4) ch2-lps mean

    • I’m sorry – I don’t know. I’m guessing the lp is an abbreviation for loop, but I don’t know what this stitch is. Your best bet is to contact the designer of that pattern.

  10. Very clear and great definitions! !!!! Thank you so much!!!