Abbreviations

Every now and then somehow an abbreviation is used in a pattern, but there’s no explanation for it. Oops. Sorry about that. Here are some of the more common abbreviations I use in my patterns, and what they mean. If you are unfamiliar with any of the techniques used in one of my designs, there are a lot of online tutorials and videos that can give you a hand. One of my favorite sites for this is KnittingHelp.com where you can find a lot of great free videos so you can see what is going on.

  • BO: bind off, or cast off
  • CO: cast on
  • eor: end of round (you’ll only see this on older patterns that I haven’t updated yet)
  • k: knit
  • k2tog: knit 2 sts together, decreases 1, leans right
  • k2tog with edge: worked as above, but one st is the edge of the main garment, and the other st is the border being worked
  • k3tog: knit 3 sts together, decreases 2, leans right
  • kfb: knit into the front and back of the next st
  • kw: knitwise
  • m1: make 1—pick up the strand between the needles from the front, place it on the left needle, knit (or purl) it through the back loop
  • p: purl
  • p2tog: purl 2 sts together
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • rnd(s): round(s)
  • RS: right side
  • s1-k2tog-psso: slip 1 st kw, k2tog, pass slipped st over the 2 knit together, decreases 2, leans left
  • s2-k1-p2sso: slip 2 sts at the same time, k1, pass 2 slipped sts over knit st at the same time, decreases 2, remaining stitch is centered (doesn’t lean in either direction)
  • sm: slip marker
  • ssk: slip 1 st kw, slip 1 st kw, knit slipped sts tog tbl, decreases 1, leans left
  • ssk with edge: worked as above, but one st is the border currently being knit, and the other st is the edge of the main garment
  • st(s): stitch(es)
  • st st: stockinette stitch
  • tog: together
  • w&t: wrap and turn
  • WS: wrong side
  • YO: yarn over