Knitting & Crocheting All-in-One For Dummies
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Knitting has its own writing method, so when you look at knitting patterns you may see a variety of unfamiliar terms and abbreviations. Once you know the following list of common knitting abbreviations, you're well on your way to easily translating knitting patterns:

BO bind off (cast off)
CC contrasting color
cm centimeters
cn cable needle
CO cast on
dec decrease
dpn(s) double-pointed needle(s)
g grams
inc increase
k knit
k2tog knit 2 together (a decrease)
kfb -knit into the front and back of the stitch (an increase)
knitwise as if to knit
LT left twist
m meters
m1 make 1 (an increase)
MC main color
mm millimeters
oz ounce
p purl
p2tog purl 2 together (a decrease)
pfb -purl into the front and back of the stitch (an increase)
pm place marker
psso pass the slipped stitch over
purlwise as if to purl
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right (public) side
RT right twist
skp -slip 1, knit 1, pass the slipped stitch over (a decrease)
s2kp -slip 2, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped stitches over (a double decrease)
sk2p -slip 1, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over (a double decrease)
sl slip
sl st slip stitch
ssk slip, slip, knit (a decrease)
st(s) stitch(es)
tbl through the back loop(s)
tog together
work even work without increasing or decreasing
WS wrong (non-public) side
wyib with yarn in back
wyif with yarn in front
yd(s) yard(s)
yo yarn over (an increase)

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Pam Allen is a knitwear designer and founder of Quince & Co. Shannon Okey is an author and knitwear designer. Find her at knitgrrl.com. Tracy Barr has been an editor, editorial manager, writer, and consultant on several Dummies books. Marlaina "Marly" Bird hosts her own YouTube channel, where she instructs viewers on knitting and crochet. Susan Brittain is a knitwear pattern designer and writer. Karen Manthey edits crochet diagrams for numerous books, magazines, yarn companies, and designers. Manthey was an editor at All American Crafts for 20 years.

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