Frequent question: How do you read knitting abbreviations?

What do the abbreviations means in knitting?

k means a knit stitch (passing through the previous loop from below) and p means a purl stitch (passing through the previous loop from above). Thus, “k2, p2”, means “knit two stitches, purl two stitches”. Similarly, sl st describes a slip stitch, whereas yarn-overs are denoted with yo. scope of stitch.

What does M stand for in knitting?

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Abbreviation Description
m marker
M1 or M1K make one stitch knitwise; single knit increase
M1R make one right; single right-leaning knit increase
M1L make one left; single left-leaning knit increase

What does NS mean in knitting?

The squares that are not required in a particular row are “no stitch” squares. They are usually filled with a darker color than the rest of the chart, and can be ignored as you work the row.

What are the knitting symbols?

Knitting Chart Symbols

Abbreviation Description Wrong Side Desc
k1b knit in back loop of the stitch, resulting in a twisted stitch
k1-b K through back loop P through back loop
K1 tbl NS Stanfield: knit through back loop. Walker: no stitch
k1-b twisted knit stitch twisted purl stitch

What does work in pattern mean in knitting?

Helpful knitting tips! Once the stitch or design repeat has been established, rather than continuously writing the same instructions over and over, the instructions may simply say, work in pattern.

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What is the stocking stitch in knitting?

Stocking stitch, or stockinette stitch, is the second most basic of stitch patterns and is created by alternating rows of knit and purl stitches. The right side of the fabric has a ‘V’ pattern and the wrong side has a bar pattern.