Knitting Abbreviations
Understanding Knitting Jargon

Feel a little lost with those knitting abbreviations in your knitting pattern? You're not alone.

With so much knitting jargon out there today understanding it all is confusing and intimidating to say the least.

The good news is...

knitting abbreviations

I'll help you sort it out.


I have created a list of the most common abbreviations and their meanings. There are loads of abbreviations out there but honestly as you continue learning to knit and reading knitting patterns it will all become easier to understand.



You will find that a lot of common knitting abbreviations are just short forms of the word itself, for instance

  • K for knit
  • P for purl
  • tog for together

These are simple right? If an abbreviation is two words long it will be a short form of the two words, RH for right hand and you guessed it LH for left hand. It's not always like this but in lots of cases it is.

Most beginner knitting patterns will only have the simple abbreviations and as you work through the pattern it will become easier to understand.

And I know you've heard this before but it just takes practice. You'll get it!

Most good knitting patterns will give you a list of the abbreviations they are using, even explanations if it is a more complicated stitch pattern.

Take a look at the list below. Some have links that you can click on for a little extra help.



Common Knitting Abbreviations


Abbreviation

What it Means

alt

alternate

approx

approximately

beg

beginning

bet

between

CO

cont

continue

dec

dpn(s)

double pointed needle(s)

foll

following

inc(s)

incl

including

K or k

ktbl

knit through the back loop of stitch

kwise

knitwise

LH

left hand

M1 or m1

make one stitch

P or p

pat or patt

pattern

pm

place marker

prev

previous

psso

pass slipped stitch over

ptbl

purl through back loop

pwise

purlwise

rem

remaining

rep(s)

repeat(s)

RH

right hand

rnd(s)

rounds

RS

right side

SKP

slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over (slip as if to purl)

SK2P

slip 1, k2tog, pass slip stitch over

sl 1 st

slip 1 stitch to right needle without knitting it

st(s)

stitch(es)

St st

Stockinette stitch

tbl

through back loop

tfl

through front loop

tog

together

WS

wrong side

wyib

with yarn in back of work

wyif

with yarn in front of work

yd(s)

yards

yfwd

yarn forward

yo

yarn over

**

repeat instructions within ** as required

( ) [ ]

repeat instructions within ( ) and [ ] as required




Please check out my page of  knitting terms to help understand as well. If what you're looking for isn't here it may be on that page. Or if you can't find what you're looking for just drop me a line in the comments below and I'll be happy to help.








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