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Knitting terms & abbreviations

On this page, I have listed all knitting terms used in my patterns.

B

BO

Bind off

BOR

beginning of round

C

C1, C2, C3

color 1, color2, color 3 ..

CC

contrasting color

CO

cast on

K

k

knit

k2tog

knit 2 stitches together

kfb

knit in the front and back of a stitch (1 stitch increased)

kfbf

knit front, back, front = 2 sts increased.

ktbl

knit through back loop

L

LT

Left twist. Slip 1 st kwise, slip another st kwise, then slip those sts back to the left hand needle. Approaching from the back knit into the back of the second st, then knit into the back of both sts together and slip them from the needle.

M

m1l

Make left leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from front to back. Then knit into the back of the stitch.

m1r

Make right leaning increase. Pick up the bar between the last stitch you knit and the one you’re about to knit, bringing the needle from the back to the front. Then knit into the front of this stitch

MC

main color

mds

Make double stitch. Slip 1 stitch purlwise with yarn in front. Bring yarn up, over and back to pull on the slipped stitch until it slides around to show two legs. Tutorial with images here.

P

p

purl

p2tog

purl 2 stitches together

pm

place marker

psso

pass slipped stitch over

ptbl

purl through back loop

R

RS

right side

RT

Right twist. K2tog leaving the sts on the left-hand needle, then knit the first sts only and slip both sts from the needle.

S

sl

slip stitch purlwise

sm

slip marker

ssk

slip 1 st kwise, slip another st kwise, then slide the left-hand needle into the front part of both stitches and knit them together ( = decrease 1 st ).

st / sts

stitch / stitches

T

tbl

through back loop

W

WS

wrong side

wyib

with yarn in back

wyif

with yarn in front

Y

yo

yarn over

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