70 Knitting Abbreviations Every Knitter Should Know

June 21, 2018 0 Comments

70 Knitting Abbreviations Every Knitter Should Know

Looking at a knitting pattern from first glance can seem like a complex code. I mean seriously... looking at rows upon rows of P1,*K1, P1, repeat from * to last 3 sts, SL1PWYIF, K1, SL1PWYIF can cause panic sweats and an instant migraine if you don't have a reference as to what these abbreviations mean. 

Fortunately, some patterns come with an abbreviation guide, but for those rogue patterns that leave you stranded, we've come up with a handy list of common knit abbreviations that every knitter should know. 

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alt: alternate

beg: beginning

bet: between

BO:bind off

CA: color A

CB:color B

CC:contrasting color

cn:contrasting needle

CO:cast on

cont:continue

dec:decrease(s)

dpn:double pointed needle (a short needle with 2 pointy ends)

eon:end of needle

eor:end of row

fc:front cross

fl:front loop

foll:following

grps:groups

inc:increase(s)

K:knit

k1:knit 1

k1tbl:knit 1 through back loop

k2tog:knit 2 together

kfb:knit front to back

ktbl:knit through back loop

kwise:knitwise

LH:left hand

lp(s):loop(s)

M1:make 1 stitch

m1l:make 1 left

MB:make bobble

MC:main color

MD:(mitered decrease) Slip 2 sts tog as if to k2tog, k1, pass the 2 slipped st over

P:purl

pfb:purl front to back

pm:place marker (also the same as “sm: stitch marker”)

pop:popcorn (a.k.a. Raspberry or Blackberry Stitch) 

p2tog:purl 2 together

prev:previous

pnso:pass next stitch over

psso:pass slipped stitch over

pwise:purlwise

rem:remain(ing)

rep:repeat(s)

RH:right hand

rnd(s):round(s)

RS:right side

sk:skip

skp:skip, knit, pass stitch over

sk2p:slip one, knit two together, pass slip stitch over the knit

sl:slip

sk1k:slip 1 knitwise

sl1p:slip 1 purlwise

sl st(s):slip stitches

sm:stitch marker

ssk:slip skip knit

st(s):stitches

T2L:twist two to the left

T2R:twist two to the right

tbl:through back loop

tog:together

won:wool over needle

wrn:wool around needle

WS:wrong side

wyib:with yarn in back

wyif:with yarn in front

yd(s):yard(s)

yo:yarn over

yrn:yarn around needle

yon:yarn over needle

 

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