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…I’ll help you sort it out.
I’ve 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 for a little extra help.
Common Knitting Abbreviations
|Abbreviation||What it Means|
|BO||Bind off or Cast off|
|CO||Cast On |
|dpn(s)||Double Point Needle(s)|
|K or k||Knit|
|k2tog||Knit Two Stitches Together|
|kfb or kf&b||Knit In The Front Then In The Back Of Stitch|
|ktbl||Knit Through The Back Loop Of Stitch|
|M1 or m1||Make One Stitch|
|P or p||Purl|
|p2tog||Purl Two Stitches Together|
|pat or patt||Pattern|
|pfb||Purl Into Front & Then Into Back Of Stitch|
|psso||Pass Slipped Stitch Over|
|ptbl||Purl Through Back Loop|
|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|
|SSK||Slip, Slip, Knit|
|St st||Stockinette Stitch|
|tbl||Through Back Loop|
|tfl||Through Front Loop|
|wyib||With Yarn In Back Of Work|
|wyif||With Yarn In Front Of Work|
|**||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 Knitting Community and I’ll be happy to help.
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