Common Knitting and Crochet Abbreviations

Print this guide as a quick reference when doing knitting and crochet projects.

Knitting Abbreviations

Knitting is more popular than ever.

approx: approximately
beg: begin(ning)
CC: contrasting color
cn: cable needle
cont: continue
dec: decrease
dpn: double-pointed needle
est: established
inc: increase
k: knit
k2tog: knit 2 together
lp: loop
M1: make one stitch
MC: main color
p: purl
pat: pattern
psso: pass the slipped stitch over
p2sso: pass 2 slipped stitches over
p2tog: purl 2 together
rem: remain(s)(ing)
rep: repeat
rnd(s): round(s)
RS: right side tog: together
skp: slip, knit, pass over
sl: slip
ssk: slip, slip, knit
ssp: slip, slip, purl
st(s): stitch(es)
St st: stockinette stitch
yb: yarn back
yf: yarn forward
yo: yarn over
WS: wrong side

Crochet Abbreviations

The looser stitching of crochet makes it perfect for babywear.

beg: begin(ning)
ch: chain
dc: double crochet
est: established
hdc: half double crochet
inc: increase
lp(s): loop(s)
rep: repeat
rev sc: reverse single crochet
rnd: round
RS: right side
sc: single crochet
sl st: slip stitch
sp(s): space(s)
st(s): stitch(es)
tog: together
tr: treble crochet
WS: wrong side

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