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Knitting Abbreviations Don't Get Lost in Translation One of the most frustrating things for beginning knitters is trying to decipher patterns that are filled with abbreviations. It can feel like a code you'll never be able to decipher. But this chart can help: it has all of the standard abbreviations used in knitting patterns, as well as their "translations." alt beg bet BO CA CB CC cm cn CO cont dec dpn fl foll g inc K k2tog kwise LH lp(s) m M1 M1 p-st MC mm oz P (or p) alternate begin/beginning between bind off color A color B contrasting color centimeters cable needle cast on continue double-pointed needle(s) front loop(s) follows/following gram increase knit knit two together knitwise left hand loop(s) meters make one stitch make one purl stitch main color millimeters ounce purl psso rem rep pass slipped stitch over remain/remaining repeat(s)

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pwise purlwise

rev St reverse stockinette stitch st RH sk skp sk2p sl sl1p sl st ss ssk sssk st(s) St st tbl tog WS wyib wyif yds yfwd yo yrn yon yo [] () ** right hand skip slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over slip one stitch, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over slip slip one knitwise slip one purlwise slip stitch(es) slip stitch (in Canadian patterns) slip, slip, knit those two stitches together slip, slip, slip, knit three slipped stitches together stitch(es) stockinette stitch through back loop together wrong side with yarn in back with yarn in front yards yarn forward (yarn over) yarn over yarn around needle (yarn over) yarn over needle (yarn over) yarn over work instructions in brackets as many times as directed work instructions in parenthesis as directed (also used to indicate size changes) repeat instructions after asterisks as directed
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