Pattern instructions can be confusing, especially for the new knitter. I have compiled a list of some of the most common abbreviations used in hand knitting instructions and patterns and what they really mean to the knitter.
|Abbreviation||What it means|
|beg||Beginning (ex: meas from beg = measure length from beginning edge of knitted piece, usually from the cast-on edge)|
|dpn||Double pointed needle|
|eor||Every other row|
|ssk||Slip, slip, knit|
|sl, k, psso or SKP||Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass the slipped on over the knit one|
|k2tog||Knit 2 stitches together|
|k3tog||Knit 3 stitches together|
|p2tog||Purl 2 stitches together|
|yo||Yarn Over the needle *please note: there are two versions of a yo and in American instructions they expect you to know which one to use.|
|yo||yarn over (before a knit stitch) yarn goes over the needle and to the back|
|yo and around needle||yarn over (before a purl stitch) yarn goes over the needle, around the back side, down under the needle to come forward. It goes completely around the needle and is in place to make a purl stitch.|
|psso||Pass slipped stitch over|
|tbl||Through back loop|
|wyib||With yarn in back|
|wyif||With yarn in front|
|M1||Make one stitch|
|sl||Slip 1 stitch|
Relax, have fun, and just keep knitting!
The more you knit, the better it will be and the more confident you will become.
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