Glossary of Knitting Abbreviations

When you’re new to knitting, getting to know the abbreviations can be pretty overwhelming and can feel like learning a new language. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve put together an easy-to-navigate list of common knitting abbreviations to help you along the way in your knitting ventures.

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alt
alternate

ch
Chain Stitch

dc2tog
(insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through loop) twice, yarn over hook, pull through all three loops on hook

htc
Half treble crochet

m1
make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it

pm
place marker

rm
remove marker

sl st
slip stitch

tr
treble crochet through the back of the loop(s)

ws
wrong side

approx
approximately

ch sp
Chain Space

dec
decrease by working 2 stitches together – to dec 1 st, insert right needle knitwise or purlwise in 2 stitches on left needle and complete as if knitting/purling 1 stitch

k
Knit

ml1
make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and purling into back of it

psso
pass slipped stitch over

rs
right side

ssk
one by one, slip the next two stitches knitwise. Put your left needle through the front loops of both slipped stitches and knit them together

wyib
with yarn in back

Beg
Beginning

circ
Circular Needles

dpn
double pointed needles

inc
increase by working twice in 1 stitch – to inc 1 st, knit/purl in next stitch and without dropping the stitch, work into the back of the stitch again and then drop it

meas
measure

p2sso
pass two slipped stitch over and off needle

skpo
slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over

st(s)
stitch(es)

[…]
work instructions inside the brackets as many times as instructed 

Bet
Between

cn
Cable Needle

dtc
double treble crochet

kfb
knit into the front and back of the next stitch

p
purl

p2tog
purl two stitches together

rem
remain

sk2po
slip next stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over and off needle

st st
stocking stitch (k on RS row, p on WS row)

*
repeat instructions following the asterisk as many times as instructed


C4F
(cable 4 front) slip two stitches to cable needle, hold at front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

cont
Continue

foll
following

k2tog
knit two stitches together

pfb
purl into the front and back of next stitch

rep
repeat

tbl
through the back of the loop(s)

yf
yarn forward – bring the yarn between the needles (back to front)

yf
yarn forward – bring the yarn between the needles (back to front)

C4B (cable 4 back) slip two stitches onto cable needle, hold at back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

dc
Double Crochet

gst
garter stitch – knit every stitch on every row

lp
loop

pm
place marker

rev st st
reverse stocking stitch (p on RS row, k on WS row)

sl 2, k1, p2sso
slip next two stitches knitwise at the same time, knit one, pass both slipped stitches over

sl1
slip one stitch

wyif
with yarn in front

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