Knitting Abbreviations or Knitting Terminology

Knitting Abbreviations or Knitting Terminology

Hello Readers…

Knitting Abbreviations or Knitting Terminology, as it suggests; it is a special vocabulary used to understand the short forms or symbols used in the patterns or projects. This helps to ease up the writing and reading and the good news is they are international standards. So ones you get hold of these you can read any pattern from any book or from internet. And these abbreviations are very easy to remember with little bit of practice with attention you will be able to understand the logic used behind them and then knitting becomes very easy…

I am giving the list of knitting abbreviations used by yarn industry, designers and publishers. There are some abbreviations which are most commonly used so I have highlighted those…

Some times designers and publishers 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. You can read any pattern  on my blog with following list…. 🙂

Abbreviation Description
[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( ) work instructions within parentheses in the place directed
* * repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
* repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed
inch(es) or sometimes written as ‘in’
alt alternate
approx approximately
beg begin/ beginning
bet between
blw Below (work into the loop below the next stitch)
CC contrasting color
cm centimeter(s)
cn cable needle
dec decrease/ decreases/ decreasing
dpn double pointed needle(s)
gm gram
inc increase/ increases/ increasing
K knit
KP, KPK,etc. knit-purl, or knit-purl-knit into same stitch as many times as there are letters
K2(3)tog knit 2 (or 3) stitches together
K-wise insert needle as though to knit
L left
m meter(s)
M1 make one stitch
M1 p-st make one purl stitch
MC main color
mm millimeter(s)
oz ounce(s)
P purl
pat(s) or patt pattern(s)
pm slip ring marker or a loop of contrasting yarn on the needle
pop popcorn
P2(3)tog purl 2 (or 3) stitches together
prev previous
psso pass the slipped stitch over
P-wise insert needle as though to purl
rem remain/remaining
rep repeat(s)
rev St st reverse stockinette stitch
R right
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
sl slip a stitch, without working it, from the left needle to the right one
sl1k slip 1 knitwise
sl1p slip 1 purlwise
sl1k1psso slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted one
ssk slip, slip, knit these 2 stiches together—a decrease
sssk slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together
st(s) stitch(es)
St st stockinette stitch/stocking stitch
tbl through back of loop (enter stitch from the back instead of the front)
tog together
WS wrong side
ybk take yarn to back of work
yd(s) yard(s)
yfwd bring yarn to front of work
yo yarn over
yrn yarn around needle
yon yarn over needle

 

Some words frequently used in the writings-

Words Description
00,000 wind yarn around the needle as many times as there are zeros
gauge number of stitches and rows per inch that should be obtained using designated yarn and needles
multiple the number of stitches required to work one motif horizontally in a pattern stitch
selvage a finished edge
work even continue work without increasing or decreasing

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