The KidsKnits Abbreviations List

This is a list of knitting abbreviation conventions.  There are no absolute standards.  Although in our extensive research,  we encountered (surprisingly) only one case of an abbreviation with 2 interpretations - (m, see below), that does not necessarily mean that the author of your pattern follows these conventions!


abbreviation   interpretation
alt   alternate
beg   beginning
bo   bind off
cc   contrast color (cc1=1st contrast color,cc2=2nd contrast color, etc.)
ch   chain
cir   circular
cm   centimeter
cn   cable needle
co   cast on
coff   cast off
cont   continue
dc   double crochet
dec   decrease
dk   double knitting weight yarn
dp   double pointed
dpn   double pointed needle(s)
foll   follow, following
g   gram
gr   gram
grp   group
g st   garter stitch
in   inch
inc   increase
k   knit
kn   knitting needle
k2tog   knit 2 stitches together
k wise   knitwise (as if to knit)
lh   left hand
lp   loop
m   usually meter, sometimes marker
mc   main color
m1   make one stitch
mm   millimeter
ms   moss stitch
oz   ounces
p   purl
pat   pattern
patt   pattern
pm   place marker
psso   pass the slipped stitch(es) over
p wise   purlwise (as if to purl)
p2ss   pass 2 slipped stitches over together
p2tog   purl 2 stitches together
r   row
rd   round
rem   remaining
rep   repeat
rev   reverse
rev st st   reverse stockinette stitch
rh   right hand
rnd   round
rs   right (front) side of work
rsf   with right (front) side of work facing you
rsr   right (front) side row
rwise   ribwise (keep the same ribbing pattern going)
sc   single crochet
sk   skip
sl   slip
sl st   slip stitch
sl1   slip 1 stitch purlwise 
skp   slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitch over
skpo   slip 1 stitch purlwise, knit 1 stitch, pass the slipped stitch over (same as skp)
sp   space
ssk   slip 2 stitches individually knitwise, then knit the 2 slipped stitches together
ssp   slip 2 stitches purlwise, then knit the 2 slipped stitches together
st st   stockinette stitch 
st, sts   stitch, stitches
str   straight
tbl   through the back of the loop
tog   together
trc   triple crochet
UK   United Kingdom
US   United States
ws   wrong side (back) of work
wsf   with the wrong side (back) of work facing you
wsr   wrong side (back) row
ww   worsted weight yarn
wyib   with yarn in the back of work
wyif   with yarn in the front of work 
yd   yard
yo   yarn over - wrap yarn over top of needle
yon   yarn over needle - wrap yarn over top of needle (same as yo)
yo2   yarn over twice - wrap yarn over top of needle, then around and over again
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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