Shiela Dixon

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Knitting pattern abbreviations and stitches

* *Repeat everything between the asterisks
BOBind off - knit two and pull the first over the second.
brk1'brioche-knit 1' - knit two together. ie knit together the slipped stitch and the yarnover from the previous row.
c2bslip one stitch to a cable needle and hold in back, knit one, knit one from cable needle
c2f(slip one stitch to cable needle and hold in front, knit one, knit one from cable needle)
c2bslip two stitches to a cable needle and hold in back, knit two, knit two from cable needle
c2f(slip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit two from cable needle)
CCThe contrasting or foreground color (if your pattern uses two colours. When more than 2 colors are used you'd have CC1, CC2, and CC3)
CDICentre double increase. Knit into back, then front of stitch and then knit into back of vertical bar between those stitches. (Once you've knit into the front and back of the stitch, there will be a tiny strand between the two new stitches - lift that strand and put it on left needle and knit into back of it.)
CNCable needle
COCast on
Cr3BP Slip next stitch onto cable needle, hold at back of work, knit 1, then purl 2 from cable needle
Cr3FP Slip next stitch onto cable needle, hold at front of work, purl 2, then knit 1 from cable needle
decDecrease. For example, K2Tog or SSK. If no stitch is specified, use your favourite.
dpnDouble-pointed needles, or sock needles
EOREvery Other Row. For example, EOR 3 more times.
incIncrease. For example, KFB or M1. If no stitch is specified, use your favourite.
MCThe main or background color
KKnit
k1bKnit one below. Insert needle into stitch below the live stitch and pull working yarn through both.
k2togKnit two together
KFB or K1f&bKnit into front and back of stitch (increase)
kwiseKnitwise, as if to knit
M1Make one (use M1L, see below)
M1RMake one by inserting left needle under the bar between stitches from back through to front and knit (increase)
M1LMake one by inserting left needle under the bar between stitches from front through to back and knit into back of new loop (increase)
MCMain colour
PPurl
p2togPurl two together (decrease)
PFB or p1f&bPurl into front and back of same stitch
pmPlace marker. A stitch marker can be decorative, eg beads with a metal jump ring, or simply a knotted piece of scrap yarn.
pssoPass slipped stitch over
pwisePurlwise, as if to purl
remRemaining
repRepeat. Usually used with asterisks (see top of list)
rev st stReverse stockinette stitch
rnd(s)Rounds
RSRight side. Usually the smooth or knit side
skpo or skpSlip one stitch, knit the next and then pass the slipped stitch over the one you've just knit.
sl1, k2tog, pssoSlip one stitch, knit the next two together, and then pass the slipped stitch over the k2tog.
smSlip marker. simply slip the stitch marker from left needle to right.
sskSlip, slip, knit. Skip one stitch as if knitting, then another. Then knit them together, either by insert left needle through stitches and knit with right needle, or slip back onto left needle and knit through back loops.
sl2-k1-p2ssoSlip, slip two stitches as if knitting, knit the next and then pass the two slipped stitches over the knitted one.
st stStockinette stitch
st(s)Stitches
tblThrough back loop
tbsThrough back of stitches
WSWrong side. usually the bumpy or purl side
wybWith yarn at the back
wyfWith yarn at the front
yf, yfwdYarn forward. With the yarn at back as if to knit, pass the yarn to the front and over the needle. Knit the next stitch. Increase stitch which leaves a hole.
yfrn, yfonYarn forward round (or over) needle. With the yarn at back as if to knit, pass the yarn to the front and over the needle. Then bring forward to purl the next stitch. Increase stitch which leaves a hole.
yoYarn over. pass the yarn over the right needle as if you're knitting but without actually pushing it through the next stitch. This is an increase, and leaves a hole. One of the basic stitches of lace knitting.

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