This is a list of abbreviations you may run in to while knitting my patterns.

They are broken down into sections: “Standard Abbreviations,” “Large Increases & Decreases” (for increases or decreases of four stitches or larger), “Cable Abbreviations,” “Colorwork Abbreviations,” “Crochet Abbreviations” and “Other Abbreviations.”

Standard Abbreviations

“/in inch(es)
( ) parentheses, repeat between
[ ] brackets, repeat between
* begin repeat from *
% percent
2-strand long-tail CO long-tail cast on worked with 2 strands
beg beginning
BO bind off
BO in patt bind off in pattern
cable CO cable cast on
CB center back
circ circular
cn cable needle
CO cast on
cont continue
DD double decrease
Dec BO decrease bind off
dec(s) decrease(s)
dpn(s) double point needle(s)
estab establish(ed)
g(s) gram(s)
inc(s) increase(s)
incL increase-left (inc by knitting into top of stitch in row below)
incLp increase-left purlwise
incR increase-right (inc by knitting in stitch below)
incRp increase-right purlwise
join join specified objects (i.e. new yarn, fabric pieces, etc.)
join in ring join knitting in the round
k knit
k1-b knit 1 through the back loop
k2tog knit 2 together
k2tog-b knit 2 together through the back loops
k3tog knit 3 together
k3tog-b knit 3 together through the back loops
M1 make 1
mm millimeter
MSP main stitch pattern
ndl(s) needle(s)
p purl
p1-b purl through the back loop
p2tog purl 2 together
p2tog-b purl 2 together through the back loops
p3tog purl 3 together
p3tog-b purl 3 together through the back loops
Pick Up CO pick up cast on
PM place marker
PU pick up
rem remaining
rep repeat
Rev St st Reverse Stockinette Stitch
rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
S2KP slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit next stitch, pass slip stitches over
SK2P slip, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over
SKP slip, knit, pass slip stitch over
sl slip
sl sts back slip stitches back
sl wyib slip with yarn in back
sl wyif slip with yarn in front
sl1-b slip 1 stitch through the back loop
SP2P slip, purl 2 together, pass slip stitch over
SR Short Row
SSK slip, slip, knit
SSP slip, slip, purl
SSSK slip, slip, slip, knit
s-w-s slip-wrap-slip
St st Stockinette Stitch
WS wrong side
WY waste yarn
yd(s) yard(s)
YO yarn over
YO BO yarn over bind off

Large Increases & Decreases

2YO yarn over twice as a double yarn over
k4tog knit 4 together
k4tog-b knit 4 together through the back loops
p4tog purl 4 together
p4tog-b purl 4 together through the back loops
SK3P slip, knit 3 together, pass slip stitch over

Cable Abbreviations

1/1 CL 1 over 1 left cable
1/1 CR 1 over 1 right cable
2/2 CL 2 over 2 left cable
2/2 CR 2 over 2 right cable
BkC back cable
C2F 2 stitch front cross cable
C2B 2 stitch back cross cable
C3F 3 stitch front cross cable
C3B 3 stitch back cross cable
C4F 4 stitch front cross cable
C4B 4 stitch back cross cable
LT twist 2 stitches left
RT twist 2 stitches right

Colorwork Abbreviations

2-color long-tail CO long-tail cast on worked with 2 colors
C1 color one
C2 color two
CC contrast color
MC main color

Crochet Abbreviations

ch crochet chain
dc double crochet
hdc half double crochet
sc single crochet
sl st slip stitch
tc treble crochet
YOH yarn over hook

Other Abbreviations

Baste work basting stitch
BH button hole
Fan Stitch work Fan Stitch Pattern
hf heel flap

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