Tips & Techniques

Common Abbreviations

beg beginning; begin; begins
bet between
BO bind off
CC contrasting color
cm centimeters
cn cable needle
CO cast on
cont continue; continuing
dec(s) decrease(s); decreasing
dpn double-pointed needle(s)
foll following; follows
fwd forward
g gram(s)
inc increase; increasing
k knit
k1f&b knit into front and back of same stitch
k2tog knit 2 stitches together
kwise knitwise
LC left cross
m(s) marker(s)
MC main color
mm millimeters
M1 make one (increase)
p purl
p1f&b purl into front and back of same stitch
p2tog purl 2 stitches together
patt(s) pattern(s)
pm place marker
psso pass slip stitch over
pwise purlwise
RC right cross
rem remain(s); remaining
rep repeat; repeating
rev St st reverse stockinette stitch
rib ribbing
rnd(s) rounds
RS right side
rev sc reverse single crochet
sc single crochet
sk skip
sl slip
sl st slip stitch (sl 1 st pwise unless otherwise indicated)
ssk slip 1 kwise, slip 1 kwise, k2 sl sts tog tbl
st(s) stitch(es)
St st stockinette stitch
tbl through back loop
tog together
WS wrong side
wyb with yarn in back
wyf with yarn in front
yd yard(s)
yo yarnover
* repeat starting point (i.e. repeat from *)
** repeat all instructions between asterisks
( ) alternate measurements and/or instructions
[ ] instructions that are to be worked as a group a specified number of times.