Knitting Stitch Abbreviations

Knitting Stitch Abbreviations

General

  •  ~ Follow instructions within brackets as specified
  • ( ) ~ Follow instructions within parentheses as specified
    • ~ Repeat instructions following the asterisk as described
  • ** ~ Repeat instructions between asterisks as indicated
  • A / B / C ~ Use yarn color A / B / C, etc.

A

  • ALT ~ Alternate
  • APPROX ~ Approximately

B

  • BO ~ Bind off (preferred or instructed method)

C

  • CDD ~ Central Double Decrease
  • CM ~ Centimeters
  • CN ~ Cable Needle
  • CO ~ Cast On
  • CONT ~ Continue

D

  • DEC ~ Decrease(s)
  • DPN ~ Double Pointed Needles

G

  • GRAFT(ING) ~ Method of joining live stitches (Kitchener Stitch)
  • G ~ Grams

I

  • INC ~ Increase(s)

K

  • K ~ Knit
  • K1B ~ Knit 1 Below
  • K2TOG ~ Knit 2 Together
  • K2TOGTBL ~ Knit 2 Together Through Back Loop
  • KFB ~ Knit Front and Back
  • KITCHENER STITCH ~ For grafting stitches
  • KTBL ~ Knit Through Back Loop

L

  • LH ~ Left Hand
  • LLI ~ Left Lifted Increase

M

  • M1L/R ~ Make 1 Left/Right (Knit)
  • M1LP/RP ~ Make 1 Left/Right (Purl)

P

  • P ~ Purl
  • P1B ~ Purl 1 Below
  • P2TOG ~ Purl 2 Together
  • P2TOGTBL ~ Purl 2 Together Through Back Loop
  • PFB ~ Purl Front and Back
  • PM ~ Place Marker
  • PSO ~ Pass Previous Stitch Over
  • PSSO ~ Pass Slipped Stitch Over
  • PTBL ~ Purl Through Back Loop

R

  • RH ~ Right Hand
  • RLI ~ Right Lifted Increase
  • RS ~ Right Side

S

  • SKPO ~ Slip, Knit, Pass Over
  • SK2PO ~ Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Over
  • SL ~ Slip Stitch
  • SM ~ Slip Marker
  • SSK ~ Slip, Slip, Knit
  • SSP ~ Slip, Slip, Purl
  • ST ~ Stitch(es)

T

  • TBL ~ Through the Back Loop

W

  • WYIB ~ With Yarn In Back
  • WYIF ~ With Yarn In Front
  • WS ~ Wrong Side
  • W&T ~ Wrap and Turn

Y

  • YB ~ Yarn Back
  • YF ~ Yarn Forward
  • YO ~ Yarn Over
  • YO2 ~ Yarn Over Twice
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