“C” is for Common….

Stockinette stitch knitting

Stockinette stitch knitting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…knitting abbreviations.

One of the first things I do when looking at a pattern is to make sure I understand all the abbreviations used. I also include a dictionary of abbreviations used in any pattern I design.

But what if that all-important list isn’t in the pattern that’s piqued your interest? Well, here’s a chart with common knitting abbreviations, taken from About.com Knitting.

alt alternate psso pass slipped stitch over
beg begin/beginning pwise purlwise
bet between rem remain/remaining
BO bind off rep repeat(s)
CA color A rev St st reverse stockinette stitch
CB color B RH right hand
CC contrasting color rnd(s) round(s)
cm centimeters sk skip
cn cable needle skp slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over
CO cast on sk2p slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over
cont continue sl slip
dec decrease/decreases/decreasing sl1k slip one knitwise
dpn double-pointed needle(s) sl1p slip one purlwise
fl front loop(s) sl st slip stitch(es)
foll follows/following ss slip stitch (in Canadian patterns)
g gram ssk slip, slip, knit those two stitches together
inc increase sssk slip, slip, slip, knit three slipped stitches together
K knit st(s) stitch(es)
k2tog knit two together St st stockinette stitch
kwise knitwise tbl through back loop
LH left hand tog together
lp(s) loop(s) WS wrong side
m meters wyib with yarn in back
M1 make one stitch wyif with yarn in front
M1 p-st make one purl stitch yds yards
MC main color yfwd yarn forward (yarn over)
mm millimeters yo yarn over
oz ounce yrn yarn around needle (yarn over)
P (or p) purl yon yarn over needle (yarn over)
pat(s) or patt pattern(s) yo yarn over
pm place marker [ ] work instructions in brackets as many times as directed
pop popcorn bobble ( ) work instructions in parenthesis as directed (also used to indicate size changes)
p2tog purl two together ** repeat instructions after asterisks as directed
prev previous * repeat pattern following asterisk as directed
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7 thoughts on ““C” is for Common….

  1. This will be useful in the future, I can tell! I might have to come back to this at some point 🙂 Thanks again for everything you’re doing for us to help us become good knitters.
    Did I mention Abby is making flowers on the blue loom for hair pieces? I’m not exactly sure how she does it, but they look really good!

    • You & Abby have been such a delight to teach! I’d definitely like to see some of her flowers & your little bags. Little bags always make me think of little treasures. 🙂

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