Stitch Key

Here you will find a list of definitions for all the STITCHES, ABBREVIATIONS and TECHNIQUES found in my knitting patterns.

To keep my pattern pages concise and to cut down on paper waste,
not all definitions are including in my printable PDF patterns.

(in alphabetical order)

Applied I-cord edge – The Purl Bee has a great tutorial here.

Basic knit bind-off – Knit one stitch. *Knit the next stitch,  pass the first stitch over the stitch just made.* Repeat from ** to end, or until desired number of stitches have been
dropped off the needle.

beg – begin, beginning

BO – bind off

CC – contrast color

CO cast on

cont – continue

dec – decrease

dpn(s) – double–point needle(s)

gs – garter stitch

I–cord – Stitch Diva Studios has a great tutorial here.

in(s) – inch(es): 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters (25.4 millimeters)

inc – increase

k – knit

k2tog – knit 2 (stitches) together.  One decrease made.

k3tog – knit 3 (stitches) together. Two decreases made.

kfb – (knit front and back):  Knit into the front leg of one stitch,  leave this stitch on the needle then knit into the back loop of this stitch.  Drop both stitches off needle.  One increase made.

Long-tail cast-on: Knitty has a great tutorial here.

m1 – see m1L

m1L – (make one left-leaning):  Lift the bar between stitches with the left needle from front to back,  knit this stitch through the back loop. One increase made.

m1R – (make one right-leaning):  Lift the bar between stitches with the left needle from back to front,  knit this stitch through the front loop.  One increase made.

MC – main color

p – purl

p2tog – purl 2 (stitches) together.  One decrease made.

p3tog – purl 3 (stitches) together.  Two decreases made.

patt – pattern

pfb – (purl front and back):  Purl into the front leg of one stitch,  leave this stitch on the needle then purl into the back loop of this stitch (from left to right, twisting the stitch).  Drop both stitches off needle.  One increase made.

pm – place marker

Pom poms – Kid Craft Central has a great tutorial here.

rem – remain(s)(ing)

rep – repeat

rm – remove marker

rnd(s) – round(s)

RS – right side

sl – (slip):  see slp below

slk – (slip knitwise):  Insert left needle into the front loop of the next stitch as if to knit.  Slide this stitch directly to the right needle, without knitting it.

slp – (slip purlwise):  Insert left needle into the front loop of the next stitch as if to purl.  Slide this stitch directly to the right needle, without purling it.

sm – slip marker

ssk (slip, slip, knit):  see below

ssk-I (slip, slip, knit “Improved” version):  Slip one stitch as if to knit, slip one stitch as if to purl.  Slide these two stitches back to the left needle and knit them together through the back loops.  One decrease made.

st st – stockinette stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

tbl – through the back loop(s)

tog – together

wm work measures

WS – wrong side

yb – (yarn back):  Bring yarn from front to back of work between needles,  as if to knit.

yd(s) – yard(s): 1 yard = 0.9144 meters

yo – yarn over, one increase (or button hole) made

(knit every
rnd) until wm 9 (10, 10) inches