Common Abbreviations

Knitting Abbreviations:

approx – approximately
beg – begin/beginning
c4b — cable 4 back: Sl next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold in back of work, k the next 2 sts, then k the 2 sts from the cable needle.
c4f — cable 4 front: Sl next 2 sts onto cable needle and leave at front of work, k the next 2 sts, then k2 from cable needle.
c6b — cable 6 back: Sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 3 sts from LH needle, then k sts from cable needle.
c6f — cable 6 front: Sl next 3 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k next 3 sts from LH needle, then k sts from cable needle.
c8b — cable 8 back: Sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 4 sts from LH needle, then k sts from cable needle.
c8f — cable 8 front: Sl next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, k next 4 sts from LH needle, then k sts from cable needle.
CA – color A
CB – color B
CC – color C
cm – centimeter(s)
dec – decrease/decreases/decreasing
dpn – double pointed needle(s)
g – gram(s)
inc – increase/increases/increasing
– inch(es)
k – knit
k2tog – knit 2 stitches together
kfb – knit into front of stitch, then knit into back of stitch (1 stitch increased)
kwise – knitwise
LLI — Left Lifted Increase: Knit 1 stitch, carefully insert needle into the 2nd loop below the stitch just knit and put this loop onto the LH needle, knit it (1 left-leaning increase created) and continue knitting as usual
LH – left hand
lp(s) – loop(s)
m – meter(s)
m1 – make one an increase; several types of increases can be described as “m1”
MC – main color
mm – millimeter(s)
oz – ounce(s)
p – purl
pm – place marker
p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
psso – pass slipped stitch over
pwise – purlwise
rem – remain/remaining
rep – repeat(s)
rev – St st reverse Stockinette stitch
RH – right hand
RLI — Right Lifted Increase: Insert RH needle into the right leg of the stitch below the next stitch and put it on the LH needle, knit it (1 right-leaning increase created) and continue knitting as usual
rnd(s) – round(s)
RS – right side
sk – skip
skp – slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over (1 stitch decreased)
sk2p – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over the knit 2 together (2 stitches decreased; also known as “”double decrease”)
sl – slip
sl1k – slip 1 knitwise
sl1p – slip 1 purlwise
sl st – slip stitch(es)
sm – slip marker
ssk
– slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together (1 stitch decreased)
ssp – slip, slip, purl these 2 stitches together (1 stitch decreased)
st(s) – stitch(es)
St st – Stockinette stitch/stocking stitch
t2b — twist 2 back: Sl next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work, k1 tbl, then p1 from cable needle
t2f — twist 2 front: Sl next st onto cable needle and leave at front of work, p1, then k1 tbl from cable needle
t3b — twist 3 back: Sl next st onto cable needle and leave at back of work, k1 tbl, p1, then k1 tbl from cable needle
t3f — twist 3 front: Sl next st onto cable needle and leave at front of work, k1 tbl, p1, then k1 tbl from cable needle
t4b — twist 4 back: Sl next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, k next 2 sts from LH needle, then p the 2 sts from cable needle
t4f — twist 4 front: Sl next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at front of work, p next 2 sts from LH needle, then k sts from cable needle
tbl – through back loop
tog – together
w&t — wrap and turn: On a knit row, bring yarn to the front of work as if to purl, slip next stitch from left needle to right needle, bring yarn to the back to work as if to knit, slip stitch back to left needle. Turn. On a purl row, bring yarn to back of work as if to knit, slip next stitch from left needle to right needle, bring yarn to the front of work as if to purl, slip stitch back to left needle. Turn.
WS – wrong side
wyib – with yarn in back
wyif – with yarn in front
yb – bring yarn to back of work
yd(s) – yard(s)
yf – bring yarn to front of work
yfwd – yarn forward
yo – yarn over

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