This list contains words and abbreviations you might come across in a knitting pattern.
( ) – Refers to whatever is in the parentheses as a discrete group. As in “(K1, P2) 5 times.” 1×1 Rib — K1, P1 Rib 2×2 Rib — K2, P2 Rib Across – To the end of the row. Around — To the end of the round. Block — Soak garment in warm water and gentle soap. Squeeze out and lay flat to dry. BO – Bind Off Break Yarn – Cut yarn. Always leave a six-inch tail for weaving in. CC – Contrasting Color CO – Cast On Garter st — Garter Stitch In Pattern — According to the same pattern you’ve just been doing. K – Knit K2tog – Knit 2 Together K2togtbl – Knit 2 Together Through the Back Loops KFB – Knit Front and Back Mattress St — Mattress Stitch M1/M1L – Make One/Make One Left M1R – Make One Right MC – Main Color P – Purl P2tog – Purl 2 Together PFB – Purl Front and Back PSSO — Pass slipped stitch over Rem – Remain/Remaining. As in “26 sts rem,” i.e. you should have 26 stitches on your needle. Rep – Repeat. Rep From * – Go back to the * and repeat. As in “K5, *(P2, K5), rep from * to end.” Reverse St st — Reverse Stockinette Stitch Rib — K1, P1 or K2, P2 across/around. Rnd(s) – Round(s) – row(s) of round knitting RS – Right Side: the side that faces outward when you’re done S2KP – Slip 2, Knit, Pass SKP – Slip, Knit, Pass Sl 1 — Slip 1 SSK – Slip, Slip, Knit St st — Stockinette Stitch St/Sts – Stitch/Stitches Tbl — Through the back loop To end — To the end of the row/round. Turn – Turn your work around so that the other side is facing you. Weave In Ends — Invisibly weave in your tails on the WS of your work. Work Even – Continue in the same stitch pattern without increasing or decreasing. WS – Wrong Side: the inside of the garment Wyib — With Yarn in Back Wyif — With Yarn in Front YO – Yarnover
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