Knitting Abbreviations

Knitting Stitches

Just learning how to knit? Then, this article with all the knitting terms is for you, the beginning knitter. It’s a handy overview that contains all knitting abbreviations.

Handy to have. Even for those of us who have forgotten certain knitting terms or who are getting more advanced and new terms pop up. So, bookmark this knitting page for future reference. (I just did).

Knitting Abbreviations – What Do They Mean

It’s nice to get some free knitting patterns, particularly when you are a beginner. However, some of these knitting patterns seem to be written in another language.

It seems that there’s no way around it: if you want to learn how to knit, then you must know at least the basic knitting terms to use that lovely knitting pattern that you’ve just found.

That point is now a few years back for me, however, I sympathise and in all honestly, at times, still find myself in the same boat.

So, I thought to give you all a hand and share my little craft tool with you: a knitting abbreviations – table so you can start knitting away.

And, whenever I’ll find myself in a ‘what does that mean?’- knitting situation again, I’ll add those new-to-me terms to this knitting vocabulary list. Promise.

Knitting Abbreviations

knitting abbreviations

Now, study the terms in the abbreviations table and, before you know it, you’ll knit like a pro!

inch(es)
[   ]repeat instructions inside brackets as indicated.
* or **repeat instructions following or between asterisk as indicated.
altalternate
approxapproximately
begbegin or beginning
BObind off
CCcontrasting color
COcast on, cast off
cmcentimeter
cncable needle
contcontinue.
decdecrease
dpndouble pointed needles.
eorevery other row
estestablished
incincrease
k or Kknit.
k1, s1, pssoknit one, slip one, pass slipped stitch over
k2togknit 2 stitches together
k2tog tblknit 2 stitches together through back loop
MCmain color
M1make one
mmmillimeter
no stitchno stitch, just miss the stitch.
p or Ppurl.
p2togpurl 2 together.
p2tog tblPurl 2 together through back loop.
patpattern
pmplace marker
pssopass slip stitch over.
remremaining.
reprepeat
Rev St streverse stockinette stitch
RSright side
rndround
smslip marker
SSKslip 1, slip 1, knit two together
slslip.
sl 1, k1, psso or SKPslip 1, knit 1, pass slipped st over
st(s)stitch(es)
St ststockinette stitch, stocking stitch
tblknit through the back loop
togtogether.
WSwrong side
wyibwith yarn in back.
wyifwith yarn in front
yfonyarn forward over needle
yfrnyarn forward and round needle
yoyarn over
yonyarn over needle
yrnyarn round needle.

When you start reading patterns, or sharing your ideas with other knitters, you now know what to write. As this is a knitting glossary w basic as well as advanced knitting abbreviations, perhaps this chart will help you get started with knitting.

In addition, it may even help you dare tackle a tat more complicated knitting patterns over time.


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Learn More


Look for this knitting book, Stitches n Bitches, or the Vogue Knitting reference book


   
   

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