Knitting Abbreviations

Whether it is knitting or crochet, the pattern will most likely be written in symbols and short characters. If the pattern of choice did not come with a list of what the abbreviations mean, no worries! Here is a list of common knitting abbreviations. For crochet abbreviations, click here.

Symbols:

( ) – work instructions within parentheses as many times as instructed

[ ] – work instructions within parentheses as many times as instructed

* * – work from star to star as many times as instructed

* – work from star to end of sentence as many times as instructed.

Abbreviations:

alt – alternate

approx – approximately

beg – beginning

bet – between

BO – bind off

CA – color A

CB – color B

CC – contrasting color

cm – centimeters

cn – cable needle

CO – cast on

cont – continue

dec – decrease

dpn – double pointed needles

fl – front loop

g – gram

inc – increase

k, K – knit

K2tog – Knit 2 together

lp, lps – loop, loops

m – meter

M1 – make 1 stitch

MC – main color

mm – millimeters

oz – ounces

p, P – purl

p2tog – purl 2 stitches together

prev – previous

psso – pass slipped stitch over

rem – remaining

rep – repeat

rev st st – reverse stockinette stitch

rnd, rnds – round, rounds

RS – right side

sk – skip

skp- slip, knit, pass stitch over; 1 stitch decreased

sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches decreased

sl – slip

sl1k – slip one knitwise

sl1p – slip one purlwise

sl st – slip stitch

ssk – slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; a decrease

st, sts – stitch, stitches

tbl – through back loop

tog – together

WS – wrong side

wyib – with yarn in back

wyif- with yarn in front

yd, yds – yard, yards

yfwd – yarn forward

yo – yarn over

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