Do you find knitting abbreviations confusing?

Did you know they are used to conserve space and make patterns more manageable to read? If a designer were to write out the detailed instructions for every stitch, the pattern would become very long and hard to follow.

Once you memorize a few of the frequently used abbreviations, pattern reading will become second nature to you.

Below I have included a chart of knitting abbreviations. Want a list for your knitting bag? Just click the download link below the chart.

Knitting Abbreviations

 

Abbreviation Meaning
* repeat the instructions following the * as directed
(), {} work the instructions within parentheses or brackets as directed
alt alternate, alternating
beg begin, beginning
bel below
bet between
BO bind (cast) off
C4B cable 4 back
C4F cable 4 front
ch chain
CC contrast color
circ circular
cn cable needle
CO cast on
foll follow, following
inc, incr increase, increasing
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
k3tog knit 3 stitches together
k, K knit
kfb knit into the front and back of the stitch
krb knit in the row below
kwise knitwise-insert the needle from the front to the back as if to knit
LH left hand
M1 make 1 stitch
m1L make 1 left-leaning stitch
m1R make 1 right-leaning stitch
MC main color

 

Abbreviation Meaning
p2tog purl 2 stitches together
p3tog purl 3 stitches together
p, P purl
pat, patt pattern
pkup pick up stitches
pm place marker
psso pass slipped stitch over
pwsie purlwise-insert the needle from the back to the front as if to purl
rem remain, remaining
rep repeat, repeating
rev reverse
rnd round
RS right side
SKP slip, knit,  pass over
sl1k slip one knitwise
sl1p slip one purlwise
sl1-k2tog-psso slip 1 stitch, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
s12-k1-pss2o slip 2 as if to k2tog, k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over
sl slip
sm slip marker
ssk slip, slip, knit 2 stitches together
st(s) stitches
st st stockinette (stocking) stitch
tbl through back loop
tog together
turn turn the work to the reverse side
WS wrong side
wyib, wyb with yarn in back
wyif, wyf with yarn in front
yo yarn over

Are you tired of digging through all your reference books for the meaning of abbreviations? Click on the image below and download the PDF?

Knitting Abbreviations Chart

Knitting Books

I don’t know about you, but I love to read knitting books. Below is a link to some great knitting books.

14 Comments

  1. Southern Prairie Girl

    But I’m also en route to Lola Pink for patterns and notions!!

  2. Southern Prairie Girl

    Thank you and I am not on Facebook but I do appreciate it. I’m in the process of multi tasking right now but I have a random blog post I’m writing about Indians from down here so be on the lookout for it!

  3. Cheryl

    I have shared your blog on 2 FB pages I manage, our FB group (The Fiber Closet Club), and on my own timeline.

  4. Cheryl

    Yes, I’ll share your site.

  5. Southern Prairie Girl

    Yes this is the market bag you taught me to make. I made one in a pinkish and grey yarn but have yet to finish the one in blues and greens yarn I got from your store. Lol I may need you to help me remember how to knit it! I blogged about you as well. Please share my blog site with all your followers: http://www.southernprairiegirl.com as I shared your site yesterday on my blog post.

  6. Cheryl

    I am so glad you left a comment. The Knitting Answer Book is one of my favorites. I bet I know what market bag you mentioned. It is knit with Plymouth Yarn cotton Fantasy Naturale.Fantasy Naturale Market Bag

  7. Southern Prairie Girl

    But I’m also en route to Lola Pink for patterns and notions!!

  8. Southern Prairie Girl

    Thank you and I am not on Facebook but I do appreciate it. I’m in the process of multi tasking right now but I have a random blog post I’m writing about Indians from down here so be on the lookout for it!

  9. Cheryl

    I have shared your blog on 2 FB pages I manage, our FB group (The Fiber Closet Club), and on my own timeline.

  10. Cheryl

    Yes, I’ll share your site.

  11. Southern Prairie Girl

    Yes this is the market bag you taught me to make. I made one in a pinkish and grey yarn but have yet to finish the one in blues and greens yarn I got from your store. Lol I may need you to help me remember how to knit it! I blogged about you as well. Please share my blog site with all your followers: http://www.southernprairiegirl.com as I shared your site yesterday on my blog post.

  12. Cheryl

    I am so glad you left a comment. The Knitting Answer Book is one of my favorites. I bet I know what market bag you mentioned. It is knit with Plymouth Yarn cotton Fantasy Naturale.Fantasy Naturale Market Bag

  13. Southern Prairie Girl

    Cheryl, I still have the book I bought from your store The Fiber Closet, years ago. It’s called “The Knitting Answer Book.” And it was always so helpful for me. And a side note, I still haven’t finished the market bag from all those years ago.

  14. Southern Prairie Girl

    Cheryl, I still have the book I bought from your store The Fiber Closet, years ago. It’s called “The Knitting Answer Book.” And it was always so helpful for me. And a side note, I still haven’t finished the market bag from all those years ago.