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Knitting Tutorials

Please find our knitting tutorials, organized by category, just below. Or, scroll farther down for individual tutorials listed alphabetically under Knitting Abbreviations + Terms.

Advanced Techniques
Bind Offs
Cast Ons
Decorative Stitches
Finishing Techniques
Getting Ready to Knit
Working in the Round

Knitting Abbreviations + Terms

[ ]    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) 


alt    alternate

approx    approximately

attached i-cord 

attached tassel


beg    begin / beginning

bet    between

bk2tog    brioche knit 2 together; knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarnover

bk3tog    right leaning brioche decrease

block or blocking

BO    bind off

bobble    tutorial for a 5-Stitch Garter Bobble

bp2tog    brioche purl 2 together; purl next purl stitch together with its paired yarnover

brioche stitch    related tutorials: two-color brioche in the round, brioche stitch basic decrease

bsk2p    left leaning brioche decrease


cable    a decorative stitch that looks like a twisted rope or braid

CC    contrasting color

cco    cable cast on

cm    centimeter(s)

cn    cable needle

CO    cast on

cont    continue


dec    decrease / decreases / decreasing

dpn    double pointed needle(s)


fair isle    tutorial for how to designing your own fair isle

fl    front loop(s)

foll    follow / follows / following


g    gram


i-cord    also see attached i-cord 

inc    increase / increases / increasing



k  or K    knit

k1fb    knit one front and back; a single-stitch decrease

k2tog    knit 2 stitches together; a single-stitch decrease

kitchner stitch    method of grafting lives stitches together

kwise    knitwise


LH    left hand

long tail cast on

lp(s)    loops


m    meter(s)

M1    make 1 stitch

m1L    left-slanting, one-stitch increase

m1R   right-slanting, one-stitch increase

M1 p-st    make 1 purl stitch

MC    main color

mm    millimeter(s)


oz    ounce(s)


p  or P    purl

pat(s) or patt    pattern(s)

pm    place marker​

pom pom

pop    popcorn

p2tog    purl 2 stitches together; a one-stitch decrease

p2tog tbl    purl 2 stitches together through the back loops; also known as​ ssp; an one-stitch decrease

prev    previous

provisional cast on

psso    pass slipped stitch over

pwise    purlwise


rem    remain / remaining

rep    repeat(s)

rev St st    reverse stockinette stitch

RH    right hand

rnd(s)    round(s)

RS    right side


short rows

sk    skip

skp    slip, knit, pass stitch over; an one-stitch decrease

sk2p    slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over (psso), then knit 2 together; a two-stitch decrease

sl    slip

sl st    slip stitch(es)​

sl1k    slip 1 knitwise

sl1p    slip 1 purlwise

sl1, k1, ppso    slip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over; an one-stitch decrease

ssk    slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; an one-stitch decrease

sssk    slip, slip, slip, knit these 3 stitches together; a two-stitch decrease

ssp    slip, slip, purl; one-stitch decrease; also known as k2tog tbl

st(s)    stitches

St st    stockinette stitch / stocking stitch

stripes in the round

swatch    also see swatching for circular gauge


​tbl    through back loop

tog    together


weaving in ends

WS    wrong side

wyib    with yarn in back

wyif    with yarn in front


yd(s)    yard(s)

yf or yfwd    yarn forward

yo    yarn over

yrn    yarn around needle

yon    yarn over needle


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