Knitting Abbreviations Master List

Learning how to knit has never been much easier thanks to this abbreviation chart. This chart has symbols and explanations for easy understanding. So, gather your family and friends, grab some knitting materials, and start becoming master knitters!

Most common knitting abbreviations:

  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • co: cast on
  • bo: bind off
  • inc: increase
  • dec: decrease
  • kwise: knitwise
  • pwise: purlwise
  • k2tog: knit two together
  • p2tog: purl two stitches together
  • ssk: slip two stitches on the right needle and knit them together
  • ssp: slip two stitches on the right needle and purl them together
  • kfb: knit in the front and back of the same stitch
  • pfb: purl in the front and back of the same stitch
  • M1R: make a new stitch by lifting the yarn in the space between the stitches and knitting into the front loop.
  • M1L: make a new stitch by lifting the yarn in the space between the stitches and knitting into the back loop.
  • sl st: slip stitch
  • st st: stockinette stitch
  • yo: yarn over

Here are some trickier ones:

  • dpn: double pointed needle
  • pm: place marker
  • ktbl: knit through the back loop
  • ptbl: purl through the back loop
  • k2tog tbl: knit two together through the back loops
  • p2tog tbl: purl two together through the back loops
  • skpo: slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over the knit one
  • wyib: “with yarn in back”
  • wyif: “with yarn in front”
  • psso: pass the slip stitch over

Cable knitting abbreviations

*Replace the number 2 with the number of stitches your pattern calls for.

  • c2b: slip stitch purlwise to a cable needle and hold that needle in the back of your work, knit the next stitch, then knit the stitch off of the cable needle.
  • c2f: slip stitch purlwise to a cable needle and hold that needle in front of your work, knit the next stitch, then knit the stitch off of the cable needle

Below is the complete chart of knitting abbreviation:

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