A Complete Glossary of Knitting Abbreviations

Aug 2020

When you’re new to knitting, getting to know the abbreviations can be pretty overwhelming and can feel like learning a new language. But don’t worry, we’re here to help! We’ve put together an easy-to-navigate list of common knitting abbreviations to help you along the way in your knitting ventures.

If you’d like a copy of our knitting abbreviations glossary to print or keep on your phone, scroll to the bottom of the page to download a free PDF version.

alt

alternate

approx

approximately

beg

beginning

bet

between

C4F

(cable 4 front) slip two stitches to cable needle, hold at front of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

C4B

(cable 4 back) slip two stitches onto cable needle, hold at back of work, k2, k2 from cable needle

ch

chain stitch

ch sp

chain space

circ

circular needles

cn

cable needle

cont

continue

dc

double crochet

dc2tog

(insert hook into next stitch, yarn over hook, pull through loop) twice, yarn over hook, pull through all three loops on hook

dec

decrease by working 2 stitches together – to dec 1 st, insert right needle knitwise or purlwise in 2 stitches on left needle and complete as if knitting/purling 1 stitch

dpn

double pointed needles

dtc

double treble crochet

foll

following

gst

garter stitch – knit every stitch on every row

htc

half treble crochet

inc

increase by working twice in 1 stitch – to inc 1 st, knit/purl in next stitch and without dropping the stitch, work into the back of the stitch again and then drop it

k

knit

kfb

knit into the front and back of the next stitch

k2tog

knit two stitches together

lp

loop

m1

make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and knitting into back of it

m1p

make one stitch, by picking up the horizontal loop before next stitch and purling into back of it

meas

measure

p

purl

pfb

purl into the front and back of next stitch

pm

place marker

p2tog

purl two stitches together

psso

pass slipped stitch over

p2sso

pass two slipped stitches over and off needle

rem

remain

rep

repeat

rev st st

reverse stocking stitch (p on RS row, k on WS row)

rm

remove marker

RS

right side

skpo

slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over

sk2po

slip next stitch purlwise, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over and off needle

sl 2, k1, p2sso

slip next two stitches knitwise at the same time, knit one, pass both slipped stitches over

sl1

slip one stitch

sl st

slip stitch

ssk

one by one, slip the next two stitches knitwise. Put your left needle through the front loops of both slipped stitches and knit them together

st(s)

stitch(es)

st st

stocking stitch (k on RS row, p on WS row)

tbl

through the back of the loop(s)

tr

treble crochet through the back of the loop(s)

WS

wrong side

wyib

with yarn in back

wyif

with yarn in front

yf

yarn forward – bring the yarn between the needles (back to front) 

*

repeat instructions following the asterisk as many times as instructed

[…]

work instructions inside the brackets as many times as instructed

So not many to learn… If you’d like to print a copy of our knitting abbreviations glossary to keep in your wool stash, you can download a free PDF of our list by clicking the button below.

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