Knitting Abbreviations


Don't let knitting patterns confuse you! Here is a list of basic knitting terms and abbreviations.

beg beginning
CC Contrasting Color
dec decrease
dp double pointed needles
ea each
" or in inch
inc increase
incl inclusive
K knit
K1b or K1-b knit one through back loop
Kwise or K-wise knitwise, as though to knit
LH left hand
lp loop
M1 make one stitch: work into back of horizontal st lying before next st to create an extra st in row
MC main color
O yarn over (see also YO)
oz ounce
P purl
P1b or P1-b Purl one through back loop
pat pattern
psso pass slipped stitch over
p2sso pas 2 slipped sts over
Pwise or P-wise Purlwise, or as though to purl
rem remaining
rep repeat
RH right hand
rib ribbing stitch, work in ribbing as established
rnd round
sl slip, usually slip one stitch
sl st slip stitch
sl-K slip stitch knitwise
sl-P slip 1 stitch purlwise
sp space
SKP slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knit st
st stitch
St st Stockinette st (knit 1 row, purl 1 row)
tbl through back loop
tog together
wyib with yarn in back
wyif with yarn in front
yo yarn over
x times - 3x would mean three times
* (asterisk) Repeat the instructions following the asterisk as many times as specified.
( ) parentheses. As in a math problem the instructions within the parentheses become one unit. (k,p)3x would mean to work a knit st, work a purl st, and then repeat that 3 times.

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