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Knitting abbreviations

Marie Vaikla

approx—approximately
BC—back cross; back cable (See cable.)
B—bobble, make bobble.
CO—cast on
dec—decrease; decreasing
inc—increase; increasing
k—knit
kfb—knit into the front and back of a stitch
k2tog—knit two together
k3tog—knit three together
k5tog—knit five together
kwise—knitwise
mc—main color. When two or more colors are used, the main color is the yarn that is dominant.
m1a—make one
m1L—make one left
m1R—make one right
no—number
p—purl
pfb—purl into the front and back of a stitch
psso—pass slip stitch over
p2tog—purl two together
pwise—purlwise
rib—ribbing
rnd; rnds—round; rounds
RS—right side
sk—skip
sl—slip
sl st—slip stitch
ssk—slip the next two stitches knitwise, one at a time, to RH needle, knit these two slipped stitches tog
st; sts—stitch; stitches
WS—wrong side
yo—yarn over. A yarn over is a decorative increase made by wrapping the yarn around the needle. There are various ways to make a yarn over depending on where it is placed.

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