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Knitting Abbreviations + Terms

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[ ]work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( )work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
*repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
**repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
"inch(es)
A
altalternate
approxapproximately
B
begbegin, beginning
betbetween
bk2togbrioche knit 2 together; knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarnover
bk3togright-slanting brioche decreasetutorial
bp2togbrioche purl 2 together; purl next purl stitch together with its paired yarnover
bsk2pleft-slanting brioche decreasetutorial
C
cablea decorative stitch that looks like a twisted rope or braidtutorial
CCcontrast color
ccocable cast ontutorial
cmcentimeter(s)
cncable needle
COcast on
contcontinue
D
decdecrease, decreases, decreasing
dpndouble pointed needlestutorial
F
flfront loop(s)
follfollow, follows, following
G
ggram(s)
I
incincrease, increases, increasing
K
k or Kknit
k1fb knit one front and back; a single-stitch increasetutorial
k2togknit 2 stitches together; a right-slanting, single-stitch decreasetutorial
kitchener stitchmethod of grafting lives stitches togethertutorial
kwiseknitwise
L
LHleft hand
lp(s)loop(s)
M
mmeter(s)
mmeter(s)
M1make 1 stitch
m1Lmake 1 left; left-slanting, single-stitch increasetutorial
m1Rmake 1 right; right-slanting, single-stitch increasetutorial
M1 p-stmake 1 purl stitch
MCmain color
mmmillimeter(s)
O
ozounce(s)
P
p or Ppurl
pat(s) or pattpattern(s)
pmplace marker
poppopcorn
p2togpurl 2 stitches together; a single-stitch decrease
p2tog tblpurl 2 stitches together through the back loops; also known as​ ssp; an one-stitch decreasetutorial
prevprevious
pssopass slipped stitch over
pwisepurlwise
R
remremain, remaining
rep(s)repeat(s)
rev St streverse stockinette stitch
RHright hand
rnd(s)round(s)
RSright side
S
skskip
skpslip, knit, pass stitch over; a single-stitch decrease
sk2pslip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over (psso), then knit 2 together; a two-stitch decrease
slslip
sl stslip stitch(es)
sl1kslip 1 knitwise
sl1pslip 1 purlwise
sl1, k1, ppsoslip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over; a single-stitch decrease
sskslip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; a left-slanting, single-stitch decreasetutorial
ssskslip, slip, slip, knit these 3 stitches together; a left-slanting, two-stitch decrease
ssp slip, slip, purl; one-stitch decrease; also known as k2tog tbl
st(s)stitch(es)
St ststockinette stitch, stocking stitch
T
tblthrough back loop
togtogether
W
WSwrong side
wyibwith yarn in back
wyifwith yarn in front
Y
yd(s)yard(s)
yf or yfwdyarn forward
yoyarn overtutorial
yrnyarn around needle
yonyarn over needle
X

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