What Does That Abbreviation Mean?

As part of my new year organizing, I have finally collected all of the abbreviations that I commonly use in my patterns into one list. This is partly for me – so that I consistently use the same abbreviations – and it’s partly for the knitters who use my patterns – so that you can look up my abbreviations at any time. A PDF version of the list can be found under the Patterns tab in the above menu. And I’ll list the abbreviations here also:

  • approx – approximately
  • beg – beginning
  • C6B – cable 6 back: slip 3 sts onto cn and hold in back, k3, k3 from cn
  • C6F – cable 6 front: slip 3 sts onto cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn
  • CC – contrasting colour
  • circ – circular
  • cm – centimeter(s)
  • cn – cable needle
  • cont – continue(s), continuing
  • dec – decrease, decreasing
  • dpn(s) – double-pointed needle(s)
  • est – establish, established
  • g – gram(s)
  • inc – increase, increasing
  • k – knit
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches together (decrease)
  • k tbl – knit through back loop
  • kfb – knit into front & back of stitch (increase)
  • kwise – knitwise
  • LH – left hand
  • m – meter(s)
  • m1 – make 1 (increase)
  • m1L – make 1 by inserting LH needle from front to back under the strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle. Knit into the back loop.
  • m1R – make 1 by inserting LH needle from back to front under the strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle. Knit into the front loop.
  • m1P – make 1 by inserting LH needle from front to back under the strand between last st worked and next st on LH needle. Purl into the back loop.
  • MC – main colour
  • mm – millimeter(s)
  • oz – ounce(s)
  • p – purl
  • patt – pattern
  • pm – place marker
  • psso – pass slipped stitch over (decrease)
  • rem – remain(ing)
  • rep – repeat
  • rev St st – reverse stockinette stitch
  • RH – right hand
  • rnd(s) – round(s)
  • RS – right side
  • RT – right twist: K2tog, leaving sts on LH needle. Insert RH needle between the two sts and knit into the first st again. Slip both sts to the RH needle.
  • sl – slip
  • sl1 – slip 1 stitch
  • ssk – slip slip knit (decrease)
  • ssp – slip slip purl (decrease)
  • st(s) – stitch(s)
  • St st – stockinette stitch
  • tbl – through back loop
  • tog – together
  • w&t – wrap and turn
  • wyib – with yarn in back
  • wyif – with yarn in front
  • WS – wrong side
  • yd(s) – yard(s)
  • yo – yarn over

Happy knitting!

Michelle

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