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A knitting abbreviation?

"Reading knitting directions"

It is best to get familiar with the knitting abbreviations for the pattern you choose. I found it is easiest to learn if you choose a simple pattern to get started.

Get to know a couple of stitches and than move on. Yes there are a lot of terms in some patterns that look like short hand. Not all abbreviations are stitches such as K=knit or P= purl. Some like YO mean yarn over or SS means slip stitch.

Knitting terms

Here is a list of knitting abbreviations you may want to print off. This way if you pick a pattern you think is pretty basic and come across something strange you can check the list below.

No matter what pattern you choose, however fancy the stitches, there are only two stitches in knitting. Knit and purl, everything else is just a variation of one of these stitches. So do learn these two stitches and the entire world of knitting will be open to you.

Knitting abbreviations

approx

beg

BO

CC

CO

cm

cn

cont

dec

dpn

eor

est

inc

 k or K
 
k1, s1, psso knit one, slip one,

k2tog knit 2 together

k2tog tbl
MC main color
M1 make one
mm
  
p or P

p2tog
  
p2tog tbl
  
pat

pm

psso

rem

rep

Rev St st

RS

rnd

sm

SSK slip 1, slip 1,

sl

sl 1, k1, psso slip 1, knit 1,

st(s)

St st stockinette stitch,

tbl

tog

WS

wyib

 wyif

yfon

 yfrn

yo

yon

yrn

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approximately

begin or beginning

bind off

contrasting color

cast on, cast off

centimeter

cable needle

continue

decrease

double pointed needles

every other row

established

increase

knit

pass slipped stitch over

knit 2 together

knit 2 together through back loop

main color

make one

millimeter

purl

purl 2 together

purl 2 together through back loop

pattern

place marker

pass slip stitch over

remaining

repeat

reverse stockinette stitch

right side

round

slip marker

knit two together

slip

pass slipped st over

stitch(es)

stocking stitch

through back loop(s)

together

wrong side

with yarn in back

with yarn in front

yarn forward over needle

yarn forward and round needle

yarn over

yarn over needle

yarn round needle

repeat instructions following or between asterisk as indicated

repeat instructions inside brackets as indicated





Knitting Abbreviations to Knitting

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