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KNITTING
ABBREVIATIONS

Many books on the subject of knitting go
into great detail as to yarns, patterns etc. but forget to explain, in detail, the terms
and abbreviations used. 

Most patterns tell you what the abbreviations stand for, but
not how to do it.    e.g. tog. = together but what does
“together” mean?  Without this information it is impossible to follow any
pattern.

Below is a list of the most common terms together with
the relevant abbreviations with links to their method of operation.
Obviously without
diagrams it is very difficult to describe some of these techniques, but I will do my best.

AbbreviationMeaning
KKnit. 
PPurl.
M. StMoss Stitch.
RowRow
G. St.Garter Stitch.
Rep.Repeat.
St. st.Stocking stitch.
St.(s)Stitch (es) i.e. each
individual loop on the needle.
Inc.Increase.   This increases the number of stitches
on your needle and is used for shaping garments and/or creating patterns.

 

Dec.Decrease.   This reduces the number of stitches
on your needles and is used for shaping garments or for creating patterns.

 

p.s.s.o.Pass slipped stitch over.
t.b.l.Through back of loop.
y.f.Yarn at front
y.b.Yarn at back.
y.r.n.Yarn round needle.
y.fwdYarn forward
Alt.Alternate
Foll.Following
Folls.Follows
Beg.Beginning
Cont.Continue
Patt.Pattern
Tog.Together
M.1.Make one
Sl.Slip
Incl.Inclusive

Explanations as
to how to carry out these instructions can be found on the following pages
 

Simple knitting
stitches and abbreviations
and some of the
more common abbreviations used in knitting patterns and
how to carry them out.