Knitting Abbreviations

Download and save the Knitting Abbreviations PDF document



Abbreviation
Definition

approx
approximately

C4B
cable 4 back – slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, k2, k2 from cable needle

C4F
cable 4 front – slip 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front, k2, k2 from cable needle

C6B
cable 6 back – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back, k3, k3 from cable needle

C6F
cable 6 front – slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front, k3, k3 from cable needle

CC
contrasting colour

circ
circular

cm
centimetre(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)

k2tog tbl
knit 2 stitches together through the back loops (decrease)

k3tog
knit 3 stitches together (decrease)

k tbl
knit through the back loop

kfb
knit into the front & back of the stitch (increase)

kwise
knitwise

LH
left hand

LLI
Left Lifted Increase – knit one stitch, insert the left hand needle from back to front under the left leg of the second stitch below the stitch just worked and knit that stitch through the back loop (increase) see tutorial

m
metre(s)

M1
make 1 (increase)

M1L
make 1 by inserting LH needle from front to back under the strand between last stitch worked and next stitch on LH needle, knit into the back loop

M1R
make 1 by inserting LH needle from back to front under the strand between last stitch worked and next stitch on LH needle, knit into the front loop

M1P
make 1 by inserting LH needle from front to back under the strand between last stitch worked and next stitch on LH needle, purl into the back loop

MC
main colour

mm
millimetre(s)

oz
ounce(s)

p
purl

p2tog
purl 2 stitches together (decrease)

patt
pattern

pm
place marker

psso
lift slipped stitch over stitch(es) just worked (decrease)

pwise
purlwise – as if to purl

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 stitches on LH needle, insert RH needle between the two stitches and knit into the first stitch again, slip both stitches to the RH needle see tutorial

SKP
slip 1 stitch knitwise (sl1), knit next stitch (k1), lift slipped stitch over the knitted stitch and off the needle (psso) (decrease)

SK2P
slip 1 st knitwise (sl1), knit next 2 sts together (k2tog), lift slipped st over the k2tog and off the needle (psso) (decrease)

sl
slip

sl1
slip 1 stitch

sl1, k1, psso
slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit next stitch, lift slipped stitch over the knitted stitch and off the needle (decrease)

sl1, k2tog, psso
slip 1 stitch knitwise, knit next 2 stitches together, lift slipped stitch over the k2tog and off the needle (decrease)

slm
slip marker

ssk
slip the next 2 stitches knitwise, one by one, insert LH needle from left to right into the fronts of the 2 stitches and knit them together (decrease)

ssp
holding yarn in front, slip the next 2 stitches knitwise, one by one, slip them back onto the left hand needle and purl the two stitches together through the back loops (decrease)

st(s)
stitch(s)

St st
Stockinette stitch

tbl
through the back loop

tog
together

w&t
wrap & turn

wyib
with yarn in back

wyif
with yarn in front

WS
wrong side

yd(s)
yard(s)

yo
yarn over