Most Common Knitting Abbreviations
[ ] work instructions within brackets as many times as directed o work instructions within parentheses in the place directed * * repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed * repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed
  inch(es) alt alternate approx approximately beg begin/beginning
bet between   bind off CA color A   color b
cc contrasting color cm centimeter(s) cn cable needle co cast on
cont continue dec decrease/ decreases/ decreasing dpn double pointed needle(s) fl front loop(s)
foll follow/ follows/ following g gram inc increase/ increases/ increasing k or K knit
k2tog knit 2 stitches together kwise knituise   left hand Ip(s) loop(s)
m meter(s) M I make one stitch M l p-st make one purl stitch MC main color
mm millimeter(s) oz ounce(s) p or p purl pat(s) or att pattern(s)
pm place maker pop popcorn p2tog purl 2 stitches together prev previous
psso pass slipped stitch pwise Purl wise rem remain/remaining rep repeat(s)
rev ST st reverse stockinette stitch   right hand rnd(s) round(s)   right side
sk skip skp slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decreased sk2p slip l, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches have been decreased sl slip
sllk slip I knitwise sl l p slip I purlwise sl st slip stitch(es)   slip stitch (Canadian)
ssk slip, slip, knit these 2 stiches together—a decrease sssk slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together st(s) stitch(es) St st stockinette stitch/stocking stitch
tbl through back loop tog together us wrong side wyib with yarn in back
wyif With yarn in front yd(s) yard(s) Yfwd yarn forward YO yarn over
yrn yarn around needle yon yarn over needle