Terms and Abbreviations Used in Knitting Patterns

By Kristi Porter

Part of Knitting Patterns For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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
sk2p -slip 1, k2tog, pass the slipped stitch over (a double
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)