List of Helpful Knitting Abbreviations

Published 13 Jan 2020

Here’s a handy guide to all the essential knitting abbreviations that you might find in patterns or magazines:

  • alt = alternate
  • beg = beginning
  • bet = between
  • cn = cable needle
  • CO = cast on
  • dec = decrease
  • dpn = double-pointed needles
  • foll = follow
  • inc = increase
  • k = knit
  • kfb = knit 1 into front and back of a stitch
  • k2tog = knit 1 stitches together
  • LH = left hand
  • p = purl
  • pat/patt = pattern
  • p2tog = purl 2 stitches together
  • prev = previous
  • psso = pass the slipped stitch over
  • rem = remaining (stitches)
  • rep = repeat
  • RH = right hand
  • RS = right side
  • sl = slip
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • st = stitch
  • St st = stocking stitch
  • WS = wrong side
  • yb = yarn back
  • yf/yfwd = yarn forward
  • yo = yarn over
  • yrn = yarn round needle

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