Knitting Abbreviations

May 10, 2019

Reading a knitting pattern and not sure what an abbreviation means?  Here is our helpful list!

"                         inch(es)
alt                     alternate
approx           approximately
beg                  begin/beginning
BO                  bind off
CO                  cast on
CC                   contrasting color
circ(s)             circular
cont                continue
cn                    cable needle
cs                    center stitch
dec                 decreas(e)(ed)(ing)
dpn(s)           double pointed needle(s)
inc                   increas(e)(ed)(es)(ing)
k or K             knit(ting)(s)(ted)
K2tog            knit two together
Kfb                  knit into front and back of stitch (increase)
LH                   left hand
mkr                marker
M1                  Make one (increase)
MC                  main color
mm                  millimeter(s)
or P              purl(ed)(ing)(s)
patt                 pattern(s)
p2tog             purl two together
pm                   place marker
psso                pass slipped stitch over
rem                 remaining
rnd(s)             round(s)
RS                    right side
sl                      slip(ed)(ping)
slm                  slip marker
skp                  slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over (one stitch decrease)
ssk                  WYIB, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, knit tbl (one stitch
                         decrease)
ssp                  WYIF, slip two stitches one at a time as if to knit, place back onto LH needle, purl these 2 sts
                         together (one stitch decrease)
sk2p               slip one as if to knit, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over the knit 2 together (2 stitch decrease)
st(s)                stitch(es)
St st                stockinette stitch
tfl                    through front of loop(s)
tbl                   through back of loop(s)
tog                  together
w&t                (wrap and turn) Bring yarn to front as if you are about to purl, slip one stitch purl-wise. Turn work
                          to other side. Strand of yarn is now in back of work. Bring yarn to the front, slip one stitch back to
                          right needle. Continue to knit or purl the next stitch as instructed.
WS                  wrong side
WYIB             with yarn in back
WYIF             with yarn in front
yfwd               yarn forward
yo                     yarn over

A special thanks to Kyle Kunnecke of Kyle William for providing us with these helpful abbreviations.

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