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.

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So here we go, the full list of knitting abbreviations and knitting terms sorted alphabetically for you.

A

alt—alternate; alternately

approx—approximately

B

BC—back cross; back cable (See cable.)

beg—begin; begins; beginning

BO—bind off

BO—bobble (See MB.)

C

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.

ch—chain

cm—centimeter(s)

cn—cable needle

CO—cast on

cont—continue; continuing

cross 2 L—cross two stitches to the left (See cable.)

cross 2 R—cross two stitches to the right (See cable.)

D

dc—double crochet

dec—decrease; decreasing

decs—decreases

DK—double knitting

dp; dpn—double-pointed needle

dtr—double treble

E

EON—end of needle

F

FC—front cross (See cable.)

foll—follow; follows; following

G

g; gr—gram

grp; grps—group; groups

g st—garter stitch

H

hdc—half double crochet

hk—hook

I

in; ins—inch; inches

inc—increase; increasing

incl—including

incs—increases

K

k—knit

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

kwise—knitwise

L

LC—left cross (See cable.)

LH—left-hand

lp; lps—loop; loops

LT—left twist. A left twist is formed by crossing one stitch over another

M

m—meter(s)

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.

mm—millimeter(s)

m1—make one

N

no—number

O

oz—ounce

P

p—purl

pat; pats—pattern; patterns

p-b—purl stitch in the row below

pfb—purl into the front and back of a stitch

pm—place marker

pnso—pass next stitch over

psso—pass slip stitch over

p tbl—purl through back loop

p2tog—purl two together

pwise—purlwise

R

RC—right cross (See cable.)

rem—remain; remaining

rep—repeat

rev St st—reverse stockinette stitch

RH—right-hand

rib—ribbing

rnd; rnds—round; rounds

RS—right side

RT—right twist. A right twist is formed by crossing one stitch over another

S

sc—single crochet

S2KP—slip two tog, knit one, pass two slip stitches over

sk—skip

SKP—slip one, knit one, pass slip stitch over

SK2P—slip one, knit two tog, pass slip stitch over

sl—slip

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

T

tbl—through back loop

tch; t-ch—turning chain

tog—together

tr—treble

trtr—triple treble

W

WS—wrong side

won—wool over needle

wrn—wool round needle

wyib—with yarn in back

wyif—with yarn in front

Y

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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