To follow on from my last post, the other knitting ideas I find really handy is to have a summary of knitting pattern abbreviations and conversions close to hand. So here’s a list of all the ones I know or could find – feel free to add more if you know some!
ALT – Alternate or alternately
APPROX – Approximately
BC – Back Cross (Also RC or Right Cross)
BEG – Beginning
BET – Between
BO – Bind Off
CC – Complementary Color – Contrasting Color – The secondary color yarn
CM – Centimetres (2.54 centimetres is the same as one Inch)
CN – Cable Needle
CO – Cast On
CONT – Continue
DEC – Decrease
DPN – Double Pointed Needles
FC – Front Cross (Also LC or Left Cross)
FL – Front Loop
FOLL – Following
G st – Garter Stitch
G – Gram (There are approximately 28.35 grams in one ounce)
INC – Increase
INCL – Including
K – Knitted Stitch – K will often be followed by a number such as K5 meaning you need to make five knitted stitches.
K1B – Knit One Below – Knit the stitch into the row below the one you are stitching
K2TOG – Knit two stitches together
KB – Knit Below – Knit the stitch into the row below the one you are stitching
KFB – Knit into the front and back of a stitch
KWISE – Knitwise – This indicates a slip stitch done “knitwise” or like a knit stitch.
LC – LC Cross (Also FC or Front Cross)
LH – Left Hand
LP – Loop
LT – Left Twist
M – Meter – One meter is roughly 39 inches
M1 – Make One Stitch
M1PST – Make one purl stitch
MB – Make Bobble – A bobble is a raised area that may be included to add a touch of dimension.
MC – Main Color – The Main color yarn for your project
MM – Millimetre – Generally used to gauge or measure needles and occasionally yarn length
Oz – Ounce – Knitting yarn will often be purchased by measures of weight
P – Purl Stitch – P will often be followed by a number like P3 meaning make three Purl Stitches.
P1B – Purl One Below – Purl the stitch into the row below the one you are stitching
P2TOG – Purl two stitches together
PAT – Pattern
PB – Purl Below – Purl the stitch into the row below the one you are stitching
PFB – Purl the front and back of a stitch
PM – Place Marker
PNSO – Pass Next Stitch Over
PREV – Previous
PSSO – Pass Slip Stitch Over
PWISE – Purlwise – This indicates a slip stitch done “purlwise” or like a purl stitch.
RC – Right Cross (Also BC or Back Cross)
RH – Right Hand
REM – Remaining
REP – Repeat
Rev St st – Reverse Stockinette Stitch
RND – Round
RS – Right Side – The side of the “fabric” that will be the outside of a garment or the upside or visible side of a decoration, trim or other element that is visible in the finished product.
RT – Right Twist
SK – Skip
SKP – Slip Knit Pass – This is where you will slip two knit stitches together as one and pass them over the last stitch knitted.
SK2P – Slip, knit two stitches together and pass over the two stitches to decrease by two stitches
SL – Slip
SL1K – Slip one stitch knitwise
SL1P – Slip one stitch purlwise
SL ST – Slip Stitch – SL ST will often be followed by a number to indicate the number of slip stitches that need to be made. (May also be referred to as SS in some patterns)
SS – Slip Stitch – SS will often be followed by a number to indicate the number of slip stitches that need to be made. (May also be referred to as SL ST in some patterns)
SSK – Slip Slip Knit – This is where you will make two slip stitches together as one and then knit them together through the back loop. (The actual number of slips may change, thus you may see SSSK or something similar as well)
St st – Stockinette Stitch
TBL – Through Back Loop – The stitch should be knitted through the back loop
TOG – Together – Indicates that the stitches should be stitched together as opposed to stitching them separately so that K2TOG would indicate you need to stitch two stitches together as one single stitch.
WS – Wrong Side – The side of the fabric or garment that will be against the skin and not visible to the outside world or the underside of a decoration, trim, ribbing element or other knitted products.
WYIB – With Yarn in Back
WYIF – With Yarn in Front
YD – Yard – 36 inches
YFWD – Yarn Forward
YO – Yarn Over – Where The stitch will be made with the yarn going over as opposed to under.
YRN – Yarn around the needle
YON – Yarn over the needle