Knitting Abbreviations + Terms

General
[ ]work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
( )work instructions within parentheses as many times as directed
*repeat the instructions following the single asterisk as directed
**repeat instructions between asterisks as many times as directed or repeat from a given set of instructions
"inch(es)
A
altalternate
approxapproximately
B
begbegin, beginning
betbetween
bk2togbrioche knit 2 together; knit next knit stitch together with its paired yarnovertutorial
bk3togright-slanting brioche decreasetutorial
bp2togbrioche purl 2 together; purl next purl stitch together with its paired yarnovertutorial
bsk2pleft-slanting brioche decreasetutorial
C
cablea decorative stitch that looks like a twisted rope or braidtutorial
CCcontrast color
ccocable cast ontutorial
cmcentimeter(s)
cncable needle
COcast on
contcontinue
csdcentered single decrease; a slantless single-stitch decreasetutorial
D
decdecrease, decreases, decreasing
double knit(ting)a technique for creating a reversible fabrictutorial
dpndouble pointed needlestutorial
F
flfront loop(s)
follfollow, follows, following
G
graft(ing)a method of joining two sets of live stitches; see 'kitchener stitch'
ggram(s)
I
incincrease, increases, increasing
inc2increase 2; a two-stitch increase
K
k or Kknittutorial
k1bknit 1 belowtutorial
kfb knit front and back; a single-stitch increasetutorial
k1 ulsknit 1 under loose strand; a decorative stitch techniquetutorial
k2togknit 2 stitches together; a right-slanting, single-stitch decreasetutorial
kitchener stitchmethod of grafting live stitches togethertutorial
kwiseknitwise; as if to knit
L
LHleft hand
LLIleft lifted increase; a single-stitch increasetutorial
lp(s)loop(s)
LTleft twisttutorial
M
mmeter(s)
m1make 1 stitch
m1Lmake 1 left; left-slanting, single-stitch increasetutorial
m1Rmake 1 right; right-slanting, single-stitch increasetutorial
m1pmake 1 purlwisetutorial
MBmake bobbletutorial
MCmain color
mmmillimeter(s)
O
ozounce(s)
P
p or Ppurltutorial
p tblpurl through the back looptutorial
p1bpurl 1 belowtutorial
p2togpurl 2 stitches together; a single-stitch decreasetutorial
p2tog tblpurl 2 stitches together through the back loops; similar to​ ssp; a one-stitch decreasetutorial
pat(s) or pattpattern(s)
pfbpurl front and back; a single-stitch increasetutorial
pick(ing) upa method of increasing stitchestutorial
pmplace marker
poppopcorn; see 'bobble'
prevprevious
pssopass slipped stitch over
pwisepurlwise; as if to purl
R
remremain, remaining
rep(s)repeat(s)
rev St streverse stockinette stitch
RHright hand
RLIright lifted increase; a single-stitch increasetutorial
rnd(s)round(s)
RSright side
RTright twisttutorial
S
skskip
sk2pslip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over (psso), then knit 2 together; a two-stitch decrease
skpslip, knit, pass stitch over; a single-stitch decrease
slslip
sl stslip stitch(es)
sl1kslip 1 knitwise
sl1pslip 1 purlwise
sl1, k1, ppsoslip one, knit one, pass slipped stitch over; a single-stitch decrease
smslip marker; pass stitch marker from left needle to right needle
sskslip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together; a left-slanting, single-stitch decreasetutorial
ssp slip, slip, purl; one-stitch decrease; also known as p2tog tbltutorial
ssskslip, slip, slip, knit these 3 stitches together; a left-slanting, two-stitch decrease
st(s)stitch(es)
St ststockinette stitch, stocking stitch
s2kpslip 2 together knitwise, k1, pass slipped stitches over (psso); a centered two-stitch decreasetutorial
s2ppslip, slip, purl, pass slipped stitches over (psso); a centered two-stitch decrease worked on the wrong sidetutorial
T
tblthrough back loop
togtogether
W
wrp-twrap and turn; a short-row shaping techniquetutorial
WSwrong side
wyibwith yarn in back
wyifwith yarn in front
Y
yd(s)yard(s)
yf or yfwdyarn forward
yoyarn overtutorial
yrnyarn around needle
yonyarn over needle