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Knitting Abbreviations and Tutorials

In preparation for two upcoming blog posts I am working on (Dec 5: Knitted Baby Sweater with Hood, and Dec 9: Mittens Three Ways), I thought references to abbreviations that appear in the patterns as well some tutorial videos would be helpful for new or infrequent knitters. Instead of trying to pack them into my blog posts, I will just link back here for reference.  This would a good page to bookmark!


P.S. Kristen, this one is for you 😉


The abbreviations below are just the terms that appear in my upcoming posts, but here are good master lists  for each  knitting and crochet abbreviations compiled by the Craft Yarn Council.

BO – Bind off
CO – Cast on
DPN – Double pointed needles
Inc – Increase
K – Knit
K2Tog – Knit 2 stitches together—a decrease
KFB – Knit Front and Back —an increase
M1k – Make One Knit —an increase
P – Purl
Rep – Repeat
SC – Single crochet
Sl St – Slip stitch(es)
SSK – Slip, slip, knit these 2 stitches together—a decrease
St – Stitch(es)
St st – stockinette stitch/stocking stitch


I tried to feature some different “teachers” in these tutorials, but if you find one you like, you can often find other videos in the series to explain a skill or stitch type.

Bind off

Cast on using “thumb” method

Decrease – Knit 2 Together

Decrease – Slip Slip Knit (SSK)

Increase (Knit Front and Back – KFB)

Increase (Make One – M1K)


Mattress Stitch – Vertical Seam

Pick Up and Knit


Single Crochet Edging – How to Add a Crochet Border to Knitting 


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