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ABBREVIATIONS USED IN MY PATTERNS

 

Most of these abbreviations are also used in patterns by other designers, but it IS possible that there are differences, so always check your specific pattern's abbreviations first!

 

adj - adjustment
B  -  back (back loop)
BC1 - 1 stitch back cross (see the pattern's special techniques section)
BC3 - back cross cable (see the pattern's special techniques section)
bef  -  before
beg  - 

begin(ning)/begins

bet  -  between
BO  - 

bind off

B-OXO  -  back-and-forth version of OXO pattern (see the pattern's directions)
C1  - 

corner, version 1 (see the pattern's special techniques section)

C2  - 

corner, version 2 (see the pattern's special techniques section)

C3  - 

corner, version 3 (see the pattern's special techniques section)

C4  - 

corner, version 4 (see the pattern's special techniques section)

C5  - 

corner, version 5 (see the patterns' special techniques section)

CC - contrast color
CC1 - contrast color 1
CC2  - 

contrast color 2

CCA - contrast color A
CCB  - 

contrast color B

CCC  -  contrast color C
ch - chain (crochet)
circ  -  circular(ly)
cm - centimeter(s)
CO  - 

cast on

comp - complete(d/ly)
cont  -  continue(s/d)/continuing
C-OXO  -  circular version of OXO pattern (see the pattern's directions)
dc - double crochet (crochet term)
dec(s)  - 

decrease(s)/decreasing

DK  - 

double knit (a weight of knitting yarn between sport weight and worsted weight)

DP - double point
EOR  - 

end of row/round

E1 - edging 1 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
E2 - edging 2 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
E3 - edging 3 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
E4 - edging 4 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
E5 - edging 5 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
E6 - edging 6 (see the pattern's special techniques section)
FC1 - 1 stitch front cross
FC3 - front cross cable (see the pattern's special techniques section)
FSP - faggot stitch panel (see the pattern's specific directions)
 gm - gram(s)
IC(s)  -  inside corner(s), usually (Sl 1, K 2tog, PSSO) or (K3tog) (see pattern's special techniques section)
IC1 - inside corner version 1, usually K3tog (see the pattern's special techniques section)
IC2 - inside corner version 2, usually K4tog (see the pattern's special techniques section)
I-cord  -  Idiot cord
in - inch(es)
inc(s)  - 

increase(s)/increasing

Inc L  -  increase 1 stitch, slanting left (see the pattern's special techniques section)
Inc R  -  increase 1 stitch, slanting right (see the pattern's special techniques section)
ins  - 

insert

K  - 

knit

K1B  -  knit 1 stitch through the back of the loop
K2tog  - 

knit 2 stitches together

K3tog  -  knit 3 stitches together
K4tog - knit 4 stitches together
K5tog - knit 5 stitches together
KincL  -  knit increase 1 stitch left (see the pattern's special techniques section)
KincR  -  knit increase 1 stitch right (see the pattern's special techniques section)
K&P  -  knit and purl
L  -  left
LC - left cross (see the pattern's special techniques section)
LCK - left cross-knit (see the pattern's special techniques section)
LS - large size
m - meter(s)
mm - millimeter(s)
MC  - 

main color

MSR  -  mistake stitch rib (see the pattern's special techniques section
ndl(s)  - 

needle(s)

OC(s)  -  outside corner in a generic sense or (K 1, YO, K 1) in the next stitch (see the pattern's special techniques section)
OC1  -  outside corner, version 1 (see pattern's special techniques section)
OC2  -  outside corner, version 2 (see pattern's special techniques section)
OC3  -  outside corner, version 3 (see pattern's special techniques section)
OC4  -  outside corner, version 4 (see pattern's special techniques section)
OC5  -  outside corner, version 5 (see pattern's special techniques section)
OS  -  odd-number seam (see pattern's special techniques section)
P  - 

purl

P2tog  - 

purl 2 stitches together

P3tog - purl 3 stitches together
P2SSO - pass 2 slipped stitches over the stitch(es) just worked
P3SSO - pass 3 slipped stitches over the stitch(es) just worked
P2tog  -  purl 2 stitches together
P2togB  -  purl 2 stitches together through the back loop
P3tog  -  purl 3 stitches together
patt  -  pattern
PC - purl cross (see the pattern's special techniques section)
PincL  -  purl increase 1 stitch left (see the pattern's special techniques section)
PincR  -  purl increase 1 stitch right (see the pattern's special techniques section)
prev  - 

previous(ly)

PSSO  -  pass slipped stitch over the stitch(es) just worked
P1SSO  -  pass 1 slipped stitch over the stitch just worked (used when only one of multiple slipped stitches is to be passed over the stitch just worked) 
P2SSO  -  pass 2 slipped stitches over the stitch(es) just worked
P3SSO - pass 3 slipped stitches over the stitch(es) just worked
P4SSO  -  pass 4 slipped stitches over the stitch(es) just worked
PU - pick up (do NOT knit it)
PU&K  - 

pick up & knit (i.e., insert needle in edge and knit a stitch)

PU&P - pick up & purl (i.e., insert needle in edge and purl a stitch)
R  - 

right or round or row (see the specific pattern's definitions)

RC - right cross (see the pattern's special techniques section)
rem  - 

remove

ret  -  return
rib  -  rib in previous pattern (usually K 1, P 1 rib)
rpt  - 

repeat(ing)/repeated

S  -  slip(ped)/slipping (used in early patterns)
S1B - slip 1 stitch with yarn in back
S1F - slip 1 stitch with yarn in front
Sd st  -  seed stitch
seg - segment(s)
SKP - slip 1 as if to knit, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
Sl  - 

slip/slipped/slipping; unless otherwise directed, just put tips of needles together and slide stitch to other needle

Sl as if to K  -  slip the stitch by inserting the right needle into the stitch as if to knit the stitch, and then sliding the stitch onto the right needle
Sl as if to P  -  slip the stitch by inserting the right needle into the stitch as if to purl the stitch, and then sliding the stitch onto the right needle
sl st - slip stitch (crochet term)
SS - small size
st(s)  - 

stitch(es)

St - stockinette
St st   - 

stockinette stitch

tbl or TBL  - 

through back of loop of the stitch

tog  -  together
wyib  -  with yarn in back
wyif  - 

with yarn in front of work

x  -  times (number of times to repeat the indicated stitch pattern)
YB - yarn back - always bring yarn to back between the needle tips
YO(s)  - 

yarnover(s) - wrap yarn once around the needle

YO twice  -  yarnover two times - wrap yarn twice around the needle

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