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Knitters Vocabulary: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

Knitting is a language of love, an expression of creativity with knitting needles. No matter where the knitter is on the journey of the craft they need to get familiar with knitting vocabulary. The knitting community is a global, as anyone who is active on the internet, and in particular on social media can join the tribe of makers. The creative makers are uniquely different but always share the love for yarn and also various strange terms and combinations of letters. The unique words or abbreviations are not just words but code word for certain things, techniques and more. Just as LOL has become common usage almost everywhere, the knitting community has also produced its share of modern-day vocabulary. You will come across these abbreviations used on Ravelry or knitting blogs, which might be confusing.

Between needles, accessories, yarn weights, and techniques, there is a lot to keep in mind when it comes to knitting! Whether you're a beginner or an experienced knitter, we've got a free cheat sheet for your reference!

Abbreviation

Description

Abbreviation

Description

alt

alternate

rem

remaining

approx

approximately

rep

repeat

beg

beginning

rev St st

reverse stockinette stitch

bet

between

RH

right hand

BO

bind off

rnd

round

byo

backward yarn over

RS

right side

CC

contrasting color

SKP

slip 1 knitwise, knit 1, pass slip stitch over knit stitch; single left-leaning decrease

cn

cable needle

SK2P

slip 1 knitwise, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over knit 2 together; double left-leaning decrease

CO

cast on

sl

slip

cont

continue

sl1k

slip 1 knitwise

dec

decrease

sl1p

slip 1 purlwise

dpn

double-pointed needles

sl st

slip stitch

FO

finished project, after weaving in the ends

sm

slip marker

foll

follow

ssk

slip 2 stitches knitwise, knit these 2 stitches together through back loops; single left-leaning decrease

frogging

Ripping out your stitches when you’ve made a mistake.

ssp

slip 2 stitches knitwise, return these 2 stitches to left needle and purl them together through back loops; single left-leaning decrease

HOTN

hot off the needles

sss

second sock syndrome, where the secon pair of socks takes longer time or is not fun to knit.

inc

increase

sssk

slip 3 stitches knitwise, knit these 3 stitches together through back loops; double left-leaning decrease

k

knit

sssp

slip 3 stitches knitwise, return these 3 stitches to left needle and purl these 3 stitches together through back loops; double left-leaning decrease

KAL

knit-along generally for charity

S2KP2

slip 2 stitches as if to knit 2 together, knit 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over knit stitch; centered double decrease

k1B

knit stitch in row below

SSPP2

slip 2 stitches knitwise, return these 2 stitches to left needle and then slip them as if to p2tog through back loops, purl 1, pass 2 slipped stitches over purl stitch; centered double decrease

kfb

knit 1 into front and back of a stitch; single knit increase

st

stitch

ksp

knit 1 stitch, slip this stitch from right needle to left needle, pass second stitch on left needle over first stitch and off left needle; return stitch to right needle; single right-leaning decrease

stash

A knitter’s collection of yarn, including leftovers from other projects.

k2tog

knit 2 stitches together; single right-leaning decrease

St st

stockinette stitch

kwise

knitwise

TAAT

two at a time

LH

left hand

tbl

through back loop

lp

loop

tfl

through front loop

LYS

local yarn shop

TINK

unknit stitches to rectify an error in knitting

m

marker

tog

together

M1 or M1K

make one stitch knitwise; single knit increase

UFO

unfinished object, knitting project that is abandoned

M1R

make one right; single right-leaning knit increase

WIP

work in progress

M1L

make one left; single left-leaning knit increase

WS

wrong side

M1p

make one purlwise; single purl increase

w&t

wrap and turn

M1rp

make one right purlwise; single right-leaning purl increase

wyib

with yarn in back

M1lp

make one left purlwise; single left-leaning purl increase

wyif

with yarn in front

MC

main color

yarn barf

A big lump of yarn that comes out of the center of a new ball or skein of yarn.

p

purl

yb

yarn back

pat or patt

pattern

yfwd or yf

yarn forward

pfb

purl 1 into front and back of a stitch; single purl increase

yo

yarn over

pm

place marker

yon

yarn over needle

p2tog

purl 2 stitches together; single decrease

yrn

yarn round needle

prev

previous

   

psso

pass slipped stitch over

   

p2sso

pass 2 slipped stitches over

   

pwise

purlwise

   

Source: https://www.craftyarncouncil.com/standards/knitting-abbreviations

Now that you have a cheat sheet of Knitter’s Vocabulary it becomes easier to interact with knit-addicts. So, get started with any knitting project or pattern and use the lingo. 

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