Abbreviations

Abbreviations are used to shorten techniques and words to make written knitting instructions easier to read and a manageable length. There are some standard abbreviations but others can vary. Always read the abbreviations on your pattern's knitting instructions carefully. The following are the most common abbreviations used throughout this book.

alt

alternate

rem

remain/ing

si

slip

approx

approximately

rep(s)

repeat(s)

si st

slip stitch

beg

begin/beginning

rev st st

reverse stockinette stitch

si 1

slip 1 stitch

CC

contrast colour

(1 row p. 1 row k)

si Ik

slip 1 stitch knitwise

cm

centimetre(s)

(UK: reverse stocking stitch)

si Ip

slip 1 stitch purlwise

CN

cable needle

RH

right hand

st(s)

stitch (es)

cont

continue

rnd(s)

round (s)

st st

stockinette stitch ( 1 row k.

dec(s)

decrease(s)/decreasing

RS

right side

1 row p)

DK

double knitting

RT

right twist

(UK: stocking stitch)

dpn

double-pointed needle

skpo

slip 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch.

tbl

through back of loop

foil

following

pass slipped stitch over

tog

together

g

gram

(1 stitch decreased)

WS

wrong side

g st

garter stitch (k every row)

sk2po

slip 1 stitch, knit 2 stitches

wyib

with yarn in back

in(s)

inch(es)

together; pass slipped

wyif

with yarn in front

inc(s)

increase(s)/increasing

stitch over (2 stitches

ybk

yarn to the back

k

knit

decreased)

yd(s)

yard(s)

k2tog

knit 2 stitches together

sl2tog-k 1

-psso

yfwd

yarn forward

(1 stitch decreased)

slip 2 stitches together,

yo

yarn over

k3tog

knit 3 stitches together

knit 1 stitch, pass 2 slipped

yrn

yarn round needle

(2 stitches decreased)

stitches over (2 stitches

yon

yarn over needle

kwise

knitwise

decreased)

*

repeat directions following

LH

left hand

ssk

slip 2 stitches one at a

* as many times as

LT

left twist

time, knit 2 slipped stitches

indicated or until end

m

metre(s)

together (1 stitch

of row

mm

millimetre(s)

decreased)

[]

instructions in square

Ml

make one (increase 1 stitch)

ssp

slip 2 stitches one at a

brackets refer to larger

MIL

make one twisted to the

time, purl 2 slipped

sizes

left (increase 1 stitch)

stitches together through

0

repeat instructions in

MIR

make one twisted to the right (increase 1 stitch)

the back of the loops (1 stitch decreased)

round brackets the number of times indicated

Mlp

make one purlwise

(increase 1 stitch)

MB

make a bobble

Throughout the book US terms are given with UK terms in brackets.These are the most commonly used:

MC

main colour

oz

ounces

Instructions US

UK

P

purl

bind off

cast off

patt(s)

pattern(s)

gauge

tension

patt rep(s) pattern repeat(s)

stockinette stitch

stocking stitch

PB

place bead

reverse stockinette stitch

reverse stocking stitch

PM

place marker

work even

work straight/work

p2tog

purl 2 stitches together

without shaping

p3tog

(1 stitch decreased)

Yarns

US

UK

purl 3 stitches together (2 stitches decreased)

fingering/baby yarn sport weight

2ply/3ply 4ply

psso

pass slipped stitch over

worsted

DK

p2sso

pass 2 slipped stitches over

fisherman/medium weight

aran

pwise

purlwise

bulky

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