Knitting Abbreviations and Terms

Pintrest

After leaning the basic knitting stitches, it is time to start knitting a project. Reading a knitting pattern can be confusing with all the abbreviations and terms used.

The following list of standard knitting abbreviations and terms and their meanings should be helpful.

Knitting Master Abbreviations List

           
AbbeviationsMeaning
Alt
Alternate
Approx.
Approximately
Beg
Begin or Beginning
bo
Bind off
C4B
Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and leave at back of work. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.
C4F
Slip next two stitches onto cable needle and leave at the front of work. Knit 2, then knit 2 on cable needle.
CC
Contrasting color
ch
Chain
Centimeter(s)
Centimeter(s)
cn
Cable needle
CO
Cast on
Cont
Continue, continuing
dec
Decrease, decreasing
dpns
Double-pointed needles
cn
Cable needle
foll
Following
g
Gram(s)
in
Inches
inc
Increase, increasing
g st
Garter stitch
k
Knit
K1below
Knit into next stitch 1 row below
k1-b or k1-tbl
Knit 1 stitch through back loop
k2tog
Knit 2 together
k2tog-tbl or k2tog-b
Knit 2 together through back loop
K-inc or KFB
Increase 1 by knitting into the front and back loops of next stitch
LH
Left-hand
m1
Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop
M1-L
Make 1 left: make 1 stitch by knitting into the left strand of the stitch 2 rows below the stitch just knit
M1P
Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and purling into back of loop.
M1-R
Make 1 right: make 1 stitch by knitting into the right strand of the stitch 1 row below the next stitch
m
meters
MC
Main color
mult
Multiple
ozs
Ounce(s)
p
Purl
p1-b or p-tbl
Purl 1 stitch through back loop
p2tog
Purl 2 stitches together
p2tog tbl or p2tog-b
Purl 2 stitches together through back loop
patt or pat
Pattern
p-inc or PFB
Increase 1 by purling into the front and back loops of the next stitch
pm
Place marker
psso
Plass slipped stitch over
rem
Remains, remaining
rep
Repeat
rev st st
Reversed stockinette stitch
RH
Right-hand
RS
Right side
rnd
Round
sk
Skip
SKP
Slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over
skpo
Slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over
SK2P
Slip1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together
sl
Slip
sl-k
Slip 1 stitch knitwise
sl-p
Slip 1 stitch purlwise
sl st
Slip stitch
sm
Slip marker
ssk
Slip, slip, knit
ssp
Slip, slip, purl
st(s)
Stitch(es)
St st
Stockinette stitch
thru
Through
tbl
Through back loop
tog
Together
W&T
Wrap and turn
WS
Wrong side
wyib
With yarn in back
wyif
With yarn in front
yb
Yarn back
yf
Yarn forward
yd(s)
Yard(s)
yo
Yarn over needle
yon
Yarn over needle
yrn
Yarn round needle
*
Repeat instructions following asterisk as many times as necessary or until the end of the row
**
Repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
( )
Repeat instructions within parentheses as many times as indicated
[ ]
Work group of the stitches within brackets as many times as directed






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