Full List Of Knitting Abbreviations and Knitting Terms Sorted Alphabetically
If you knit then you always come across these knitting terms and knitting abbreviations, regardless if you are a beginner or professional in knitting.
Some of these knitting abbreviations are known to you already, but some other knitting terms might be new for you.
Therefore we have compiled a list for you with all the common knitting abbreviations that is sorted alphabetically.
We also have a list with the basic knitting abbreviations on our site, but this full list here hopefully includes all needed knitting abbreviations, even some that are missing on most other lists and probably rarely used.
Who knows, maybe one day you even start making serious money from knitting
So here we go, the full list of knitting abbreviations and knitting terms sorted alphabetically for you.
BC—back cross; back cable (See cable.)
beg—begin; begins; beginning
BO—bobble (See MB.)
C—cable; cross. A cable (also called a cross) is formed by using an extra needle, usually a cable needle or double-pointed needle, to hold stitches to be crossed either to the front (which crosses them to the left), or to the back (which crosses them to the right). The cable crossing is worked on the right side of the work. The extra needle should be thinner than those you are working with to avoid stretching the stitches. After you have worked the cable, be sure to pull the yarn firmly before working the next stitch to prevent gaps in your work.
CC—contrasting color. When two colors are used, the contrasting color is the yarn that is used as an accent.
cross 2 L—cross two stitches to the left (See cable.)
cross 2 R—cross two stitches to the right (See cable.)
dp; dpn—double-pointed needle
EON—end of needle
FC—front cross (See cable.)
foll—follow; follows; following
grp; grps—group; groups
g st—garter stitch
hdc—half double crochet
in; ins—inch; inches
k-b; k 1 b—knit stitch in row below (Infrequently used for knit through back loop—see tbl.)
kfb—knit into the front and back of a stitch
k tbl—knit through back loop
k2tog—knit two together
LC—left cross (See cable.)
lp; lps—loop; loops
LT—left twist. A left twist is formed by crossing one stitch over another
MB—make bobble. A bobble is a three-dimensional stitch made by working multiple increases in one stitch, sometimes working a few rows, and then decreasing back to one stitch.
MC—main color. When two or more colors are used, the main color is the yarn that is dominant.
pat; pats—pattern; patterns
p-b—purl stitch in the row below
pfb—purl into the front and back of a stitch
pnso—pass next stitch over
psso—pass slip stitch over
p tbl—purl through back loop
p2tog—purl two together
RC—right cross (See cable.)
rev St st—reverse stockinette stitch
rnd; rnds—round; rounds
RT—right twist. A right twist is formed by crossing one stitch over another
S2KP—slip two tog, knit one, pass two slip stitches over
SKP—slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over
SK2P—slip one, knit two tog, pass slip stitch over
sl st—slip stitch
sp; sps—space; spaces
ssk—slip the next two stitches knitwise, one at a time, to RH needle, knit these two slipped stitches tog
st; sts—stitch; stitches
St st—stockinette stitch
tbl—through back loop
tch; t-ch—turning chain
won—wool over needle
wrn—wool round needle
wyib—with yarn in back
wyif—with yarn in front
yb (or ybk)—yarn to the back
yf (or yfwd)—yarn to the front (or forward)
yfon—yarn forward and over needle (See yarn overs.)
yfrn—yarn forward and round needle (See yarn overs.)
yo—yarn over. A yarn over is a decorative increase made by wrapping the yarn around the needle. There are various ways to make a yarn over depending on where it is placed.
yo twice; yo2—yarn over two times
yon—yarn over needle (See yarn overs.)
yrn—yarn round needle (See yarn overs.)
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