Glossary of Terms

Not sure what abbreviations in our knit patterns mean? Check out our handy abbreviation table below to help answer your questions. Abbreviations are ordered alphabetically.

 

Abbreviation

Description

2/2 LC
Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work; k2, then k2 from cable needle.
2/2 RC 
Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back on work; k2, then k2 from cable needle.
alt alternate(ing)
approx approximately
beg beginning
BLCO-L Backwards Loop Cast On - Left Leaning
BLCO-R Backwards Loop Cast On - Right Leaning
BO bind-off
CL K2tog. Keep stitches on left-hand needle. P2tog into the same stiches. Slip off left-hand needle
cm centimeter(s)
cn cable needle
CO cast-on
cont continue(ity)
dec decrease(ing)
dtr double treble
g gram(s)
inc increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch
K knit
K1b knit into the stitch 1 row below
K1tbl Knit next stitch through back of loop
K2tog knit 2 stitches together–1 st dec'd.
K2togtbl knit 2 stitches together through back loops–1 st dec'd.
K3(4,n)tog knit next 3 (4, x)stitches together–2 (3, x) sts dec'd.
kfb Increase 1 stitch by knitting into front and back of next stitch. 
m marker
M1 Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal loop lying before next stitch and knitting into back of loop.
M1R Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal bar between next st with left-hand needle from the back and knit–1 st inc'd.
M1L Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal bar between next st with left-hand needle from the front and knit through the back loop - 1 st inc'd.
M1P Make 1 stitch by picking up horizontal bar between next stitch and purling into back of loop–1 st inc'd.
MB Make bobble: [(K1. yfwd) 3 times. K1] all in next st. Turn. P7. Turn. Sl1. K1. psso. K3. K2tog. Turn. P2tog. P1. P2togtbl. Turn. Sl1. K2tog. psso–1 bobble made.
mm millimeter(s)
oz ounce(s)
p purl
P2tog purl two stitches together–1 st dec'd.
P3(4,n)tog purl next 3 (4, x) stitches together–2 (3, x) sts dec'd.
P2togtbl purl 2 stitches together through back loops–1 st dec'd.
patt pattern
pm place marker
psso pass slipped stitch over–1 st dec'd.
rem remain(ing)
rep repeat
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
Sl st Slip stitch
Sl1 Slip next stitch knitwise
Sl1P Slip next stitch purlwise
sl1wyib Slip next stitch purlwise with yarn in back of work.
sl1wyif Slip next stitch purlwise with yarn in front of work.
sm slip marker
ssp
Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then purl through back loops together–1 st dec'd.
ssk Slip next 2 stitches knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together–1 st dec'd.
sssk  Slip next 3 stitches knitwise, one at a time. Pass tem back onto the left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together–2 sts dec'd.
St st stockinette stitch
st(s) stitch(es)
tog together
WS wrong side
yb bring yarn into back of work
yf bring yarn into front of work
yo yarn over the needle (makes 1 extra stitch)
yon yarn over needle (same as yo - makes 1 extra stitch)
yrn yarn round needle (makes 1 extra stitch)
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