70 Knitting Abbreviations Every Knitter Should Know - Darn Good Yarn

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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