Knitting Pattern Abbreviations And Their Definitions

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YO

Yarnover

YF

Yarn forward

Wyif

With yarn in front

Wyib

With yarn in back

WS

Wrong Side

Work Even

Continue in the same stitch pattern without increasing or decreasing.

Turn

Turn your work around so that the other side is facing you

To End

To the end of the row/round

TBL

Through the back loop

Sts

Stitches

St St

Stockinette Stitch

St

Stitch

SSK

Slip, Slip, Knit

Sl 1

Slip 1

SKP

Slip, Knit, Pass

S2KP

Slip 2, Knit, Pass

RS

Right Side

Rnd(s)

Round(s) – row(s) of round knitting

Reverse St St

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Rep From *

Go back to the * and repeat. As in “K5, *(P2, K5), rep from * to end.”

Rep

Repeat

Rem

Remain/Remaining

PSSO

Pass Slipped Stitch Over

PFB

Purl Front and Back

P2TOG

Purl 2 Together

P

Purl

MC

Main Color

Mattress St

Mattress Stitch

M1R

Make One Right

M1L

Make One Left

M1

Make One

LTCO

Long-Tail Cast-On

Kitchener St

Kitchener Stitch

KFB

Knit Front and Back

K2TOGTBL

Knit 2 Together Through the Back Loops

K2TOG

Knit 2 Together

K

Knit

JSSBO

Jeny's Surprisingly-Stretchy Bind-Off

JMCO

Judy's Magic Cast-On

In Pattern

According to the same stitch-pattern you’ve been doing

Garter St

Garter Stitch

CO

Cast On

CC

Contrasting Color

Break Yarn

Cut yarn. Always leave a six-inch tail for weaving in.

BO in Pattern

Knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches as you bind off.

BO

Bind Off

BLCO

Backwards Loop Cast-On

Around

To the end of the round

Across

To the end of the row

2×2 Rib

K2, P2 Rib

1×1 Rib

K1, P1 Rib

Br-ssk

Brioche slip, slip, knit: Slip 1 st knitwise, slip next st knitwise. One of these sts will have a wrap. Slip the stitch along with its wrap. Knit slipped sts together.

( )

Refers to whatever is in the parentheses as a discrete group. As in “(K1, P2) 5 times.”

PM

Place Marker

BOR

Beginning of Round

Knitwise

With right needle going into stitch from front to back

RH

Right-hand

LH

Left-hand

Br-p

Brioche purl: Purl the stitch together with its wrap

Purlwise

With right needle going into stitch from back to front

Yfsl1yo

Yarn forward, slip 1, yarnover: Move yarn to front, slip next st, bring yarn over needle to back, making a yarnover. The yarnover will pass over the slipped stitch and sit next to it like a cape.

Sl1 wyib

Slip one with yarn in back

Br-k

Brioche knit: Knit the stitch together with its wrap

Wrap

The cape-like yarnover stitch that accompanies slipped stitches in Brioche

Work in Brioche stitch

On DC rounds, when you come to a DC stitch with a wrap, br-p (see above). When you come to a LC stitch without a wrap, yfsl1yo (see below). On LC rounds, when you come to a LC stitch with a wrap, br-k (see above). When you come to a DC stitch without a wrap, yfsl1yo.

P/u and Knit

Pick up and knit

SM

Slip marker

Instep

The half of the sock that goes around the front of the ankle

PSO

Pass Stitch Over

W&T

Wrap and turn

CDD

Centered Double Decrease