Common Knitting Abreviations


Today I am attempting to bring to you a fairly comprehensive list, in the form of a table, that describes commonly used knitting abreviations. Until the hubster finds a way for us to dynamically reorganize the list, you can search it by using the ‘find’ command (Apple ‘f’ on a Mac). This list will also show up in the knitting glossary.

alt alternate
approx approximately
B bobble
beg begin, beginning, begins
bet between
BO bind off
C cable
C4B sl 2 sts to cn andhold to back, k 2, k2 from cn. Whatever the number is, split it between the cable needle and the knitting needle. If the number is uneven, the pattern generally tells you what to do.
C4F sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn
cc contrasting colour
CDD Centred Double Decrease
ch chain
circ(s) circular needles
cm centimetre
cn cable needle
CO cast on
cont continue, continuing
dec decrease
dpn double pointed needle
dr drop
ER every row
EOR every other row
est established
foll follows, following
g gram(s)
in inch, inches
inc increase
k or K knit stitch
k1 f&b knit 1 through the front leg and the back leg
k-b, k1-b knit stitch in row below
k1 tbl, k-b knit 1 through the back loop
k2tog knit two together
k3tog knit three together
kwise, kw knitwise or ‘as if to knit’
LC left cross
LH left hand
lp(s) loop(s)
m metres
M1, M make one knit stitch
m1 p-st make one purl stitch
MC main colour
meas measures
mm millimetres
oz ounce(s)
p1-b purl 1 stitch in row below
p1 f&b purl into front and back of same stitch
p2tog purl two together
p3tog purl three together
p or P purl
pat(s), patt(s) pattern(s)
pm place marker
pnso pass next stitch over
psso pass slipped stitch over
pu or PU pick up
pwise, pw purlwise or ‘as if to purl’
RC right cross
rem remain (as in how many stitches remain)
rep repeat
rev St st reverse stockinette stitch
rev sc reverse single crochet
rib ribbing
RH right hand
rnd(s> rounds
RS right side of fabric
s2kp slip 2 together knitwise, knit 2, pass 2 slipped stitches over
sc single crochet
skp slip one stitch (knitwise), knit one stitch and pass the slipped stitch over
sk2p slip 2, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
sl1 slip one stitch (purlwise unless otherwise specified)
sm slip marker
ssk slip, slip (slipped knitwise), knit these two stitches together
sssk slip, slip, slip (slipped knitwise) and knit these three stitches together
ssp slip, slip (knitwise), purl these two stitches together
st(s) stitch(es)
st st or St st stockinette stitch (knit on right side, purl on wrong side
tw twist
WS wrong side of fabric
W&t wrap and turn
wyib, yb with yarn in back or bring yarn to back
wyif, yf with yarn in front or bring yarn to front
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over
yo2 yarn over twice
yrn yarn round needle
*…* repeat the instructions within astrix
(…) alternate measurements or sizes
(…), […] repeat instructions within brackets as many times as indicated outside of brackets

Let me know in the comments if you come across any other obscure terms that you would like to see included, or if any of these terms could be better explained!

  1. Doris Weed
    Doris Weed02-03-2011

    Noro pattern..please explain “dec. one st at each end of next and 3 foll 4th rows. Hope you can help. Does that mean every row or every right side row. Am using Noro book Unlimited. Thanks D. Weed

  2. Maven

    I can only guess because I don’t know exactly what pattern you are working with, but if the rs row is row one and three, and ws row is row two and four, then I would decrease on row one, and then on every second wrong side row. I know I’m late… but hopefully that helps someone?

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