Knitting Dictionary

Here is a bunch of knitting abbreviations or a so-called knitting dictionary for you of the most commonly used knitting phrases.

Knitting Dictionary

[ ]   – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

( ) –  work instructions within parentheses in the place directed

pm – place marker

– inch(es)

* * – repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed

  • – repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed

alt – alternate

approx – approximately

beg – begin/beginning

bet – between

BO – bind off

CA – color A

CB – color B

CC – contrasting color

cm – centimeter(s)

cn – cable needle

CO – cast on

cont – continue

dec – decrease/decreases/decreasing

dpn – double pointed needle(s)

fl – front loop(s)

foll – follow/follows/following

g – gram

gs – garter stitch

inc – increase/increases/increasing

k or K – knit

k2b – knit into back of next 2 stitches

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together

KFB – knit into the front and back of the stitch

kwise – knitwise

LC – Left Cross – used on cabling patterns (see video)

LH – left hand

lp(s) – loop(s)

m – meter(s)

M – Marker

M1 – make one stitch

M1 p-st – make one purl stitch

MB – make bobble – into next stitch, k3, (knit into front, back and front of stitch again). Turn, P3, Turn, K3tog.

MC – main color

mm – millimeter(s)

ndl(s) – needles(s)

no. – number

oz – ounce(s)

p or P – purl

p2tog – purl 2 stitches together

P2togtbl – insert the right needle up into back loops of the two stitches and purl them together

pat(s) or patt  – pattern(s)

prev – previous

psso – pass slipped stitch over

PU – pick up

pwise  – purlwise

rem – remain/remaining

rep – repeat(s)

rev St st – reverse stockinette stitch

RC – Right Cross – Used on cabling (See Video)

RH – right hand

rnd(s) – round(s)

RS – right side

r(s) – row(s)

rw – ribwise

r(w)sf – right (wrong) side facing

S1PW – slip the next stitch purl wise.

sk – skip

skp – slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decreased

sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together;
2 stitches have been decreased

sl – slip

sl1k – slip 1 knitwise

SKP – sl, k, psso; 1 st dec

SSK – Slip the next stitch and then the following one knitwise, insert the left needle into the front of the 2 slipped stitches and knit them together (see link below)

SSP – Slip the next stitch and then the following one knitwise, return the slipped stitches to the left needle

SSSK – sl, sl, sl, k these 3 sts tog

sl1p – slip 1 purlwise

ssk – slip, slip, knit

sl st – slip stitch(es)

ss – slip stitch (Canadian) or stocking stitch

ssk – slip, slip, knit these 2 stiches together—a decrease

sssk – slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together

st(s) – stitch(es)

St st – stockinette stitch/stocking stitch

tbl – through the back loop

tog – together

tw2 – knit into front of 2nd st on lh needle then into 1st st and slip both sts off needle tog.

W&T – wrap and turn

WS – wrong side

wyif – with yarn in front

wyib – with yarn in back

YB – yarn to back of work

yfwd or YF – yarn forward

yrn – yarn around the needle

yd(s) – yard(s)

yo – yarn over

yon – yarn over the needle

In most cases, the knitting pattern will have a list of the abbreviated terms listed and what they mean.knitting dictionary