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

pat(s) or patt  – pattern(s)

( ) –  work instructions within parentheses in the place directed

pm – place marker

* * – repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed

  • – repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed

p2tog – purl 2 stitches together

” – inch(es)

prev – previous

alt – alternate

psso – pass slipped stitch over

approx – approximately

kwise – knitwise

pwise  – purlwise

beg – begin/beginning

rem – remain/remaining

bet – between

rep – repeat(s)

BO – bind off

rev St st – reverse stockinette stitch

KFB – knit into the front and back of the stitch

CA – color A

RH – right hand

LH – left hand

CB – color B

rnd(s) – round(s)

CC – contrasting color

RS – right side

cm – centimeter(s)

sk – skip

cn – cable needle

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

CO – cast on

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

cont – continue

PSSO – pass slipped stitch over

sl – slip

dec – decrease/decreases/decreasing

sl1k – slip 1 knitwise

dpn – double pointed needle(s)

sl1p – slip 1 purlwise

fl – front loop(s)

sl st – slip stitch(es)

foll – follow/follows/following

ss – slip stitch (Canadian)

g – gram

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

inc – increase/increases/increasing

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

k or K – knit

st(s) – stitch(es)

k2tog – knit 2 stitches together

St st – stockinette stitch/stocking stitch

kwise – knitwise

tbl – through back loop

LH – left hand

tog – together

lp(s) – loop(s)

WS – wrong side

m – meter(s)

M – Marker

wyib – with yarn in back

M1 – make one stitch

wyif – with yarn in front

M1 p-st – make one purl stitch

yd(s) – yard(s)

MC – main color

PU – pick up

yfwd – yarn forward

SKP – sl, k, psso; 1 st dec

SSSK – sl, sl, sl, k these 3 sts tog

W&T – wrap and turn

mm – millimeter(s)

 yo – yarn over

oz – ounce(s)

yrn – yarn around needle

p or P – purl

yon – yarn over needle

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