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Knitting Abbreviations Master List brought to you by Craft Yarn Council

by Heather Fiege February 14, 2018

Knitting Abbreviations Master List brought to you by Craft Yarn Council

Knitting Abbreviations Master List

Following is a list of knitting abbreviations used by yarn industry designers and publishers. The most commonly used abbreviations are highlighted. In addition, designers and publishers may use special abbreviations in a pattern, which you might not find on this list. Generally, a definition of special abbreviations is given at the beginning of a book or pattern.

Abbreviation Description   Abbreviation Description

[ ]

work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

 

pat(s) 
or patt

pattern(s)

( )

work instructions within parentheses in the place directed

 

pm

place marker

* *

repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed

 

pop

popcorn

*

repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed

 

p2tog

purl 2 stitches together

"

inch(es)

 

prev

previous

alt

alternate

 

psso

pass slipped stitch over

approx

approximately

 

pwise

purlwise

beg

begin/beginning

 

rem

remain/remaining

bet

between

 

rep

repeat(s)

BO

bind off

 

rev St st

reverse stockinette stitch

CA

color A

 

RH

right hand

CB

color B

 

rnd(s)

round(s)

CC

contrasting color

 

RS

right side

cm

centimeter(s)

 

sk

skip

cn

cable needle

 

skp

slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decreased

CO

cast on

 

sk2p

slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together;
2 stitches have been decreased

cont

continue

 

sl

slip

dec

decrease/
decreases/
decreasing

 

sl1k

slip 1 knitwise

dpn

double pointed needle(s)

 

sl1p

slip 1 purlwise

fl

front loop(s)

 

sl st

slip stitch(es)

foll

follow/follows/
following

 

ss

slip stitch (Canadian)

g

gram

 

ssk

slip, slip, knit these 2 stiches together—a decrease

inc

increase/increases/
increasing

 

sssk

slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together

k or K

knit

 

st(s)

stitch(es)

k2tog

knit 2 stitches together

 

St st

stockinette stitch/stocking stitch

kwise

knitwise

 

tbl

through back loop

LH

left hand

 

tog

together

lp(s)

loop(s)

 

WS

wrong side

m

meter(s)

 

wyib

with yarn in back

M1

make one stitch

 

wyif

with yarn in front

M1 p-st

make one purl stitch

 

yd(s)

yard(s)

MC

main color

 

yfwd

yarn forward

mm

millimeter(s)

 

yo

yarn over

oz

ounce(s)

 

yrn

yarn around needle

p or P

purl

 

yon

yarn over needle





Heather Fiege
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