Knitting Abbreviations

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Knitting Abbreviations

Purl? k2tog? Slip-Slip-Knit? Knitting instructions, the terminology, the abbreviations and the chart symbols can very quickly seem like a foreign language for the beginner.

It certainly doesn't help that quite often different people or cultures use slightly different symbols or abbreviations to represent the same thing (something I constantly come across whilst researching for the website).

Here at eKnitting Stitches, we have attempted to try and keep to the most commonly used terms and symbols, although am sure that there may be some debate on what I have defined as the most common. If nothing else, we certainly try to be rigidly consistent in using the same terms and symbols across the website as a whole.

Below is a list of all the knitting techniques we have used in our stitch patterns to date. Each technique is written its traditional shorthand and has the chart symbol we use. Additionally, if you click on any of the links in the longhand version of the technique you will be taken to a how-go-guide to demonstrate how it should be done.

As with the rest of our website, we are constantly growing so expect to see new techniques added below as we expand.

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Basic Stitches

 

Traditional

Chart

 

Longform

 

k

 

Purl Stitch Symbol - Right Side

 
 

Knit (Chart Symbols represent Right Side & Wrong Side Respectively)

 

p

 
Purl Stitch Symbol - Right Side

 
 

Purl (Chart Symbols represent Right Side & Wrong Side Respectively)

Increasing Stitches

 

Traditional

Chart

 

Longform

 

K1B

Knit 1 in the stitch below symbol

 
 

yo

Yarnover Symbol

 

Decreasing Stitches

 

Traditional

Chart

 

Longform

 

k2tog

Knit 2 Together symbol

 
 

p2tog

Purl 2 Together symbol

 
 

ssk

Slip Knitwise, Slip Knitwise & knit together

 
 

k4tog

Knit 4 Together Symbol

 
 

k4togtbl

Knit 4 Together through the Back Loop symbol

 

Knit four together through the back loop

 

p3togm3

Purl 3 together & make 3 Chart Symbol

 

Purl three together & make three

 

p5togm5

Purl 5 together & make 5 Chart Symbol

 

Purl five together & make five

Cable Stitches

 

Traditional

Chart

 

Longform

Specialty Stitches

 

Traditional

Chart

 

Longform

 

make bow

Make Bow Stitch Symbol

 

Make bow

 

k1 uls

Knit 1 under loose strands Symbol

 

Knit one under loose strands

 

make daisy

Make Daisy Stitch Symbol

 

Make daisy

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