Knitting Abbreviations

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AbbreviationNameDescriptionSymbolsFound In
* Repeat starting point. (Budd, 2011) Repeat instructions between * as many times as instructed (Good Housekeeping Magazine, 1950), (Newton, 2011), (Roberts, 2004), (Taylor, 1968), (Walker, 1968), (Taylor, 1968)
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Square brackets
Round brackets
Repeat instructions between [ ] as many times as instructed

Repeat instructions between ( ) as many times as instructed.

Alternate measurements and/or instructions. (Budd, 2011)

Work instructions within brackets as many times as directed or for entire row. Work instructions within parentheses in the place directed. (The Green Mountain Spinnery Cooperative, 2009)
 (Griffiths, 2004), (Newton, 2011), (Roberts, 2004), (Walker, 1968)
00yarn over twice   
1 st CNB, k1, k1 (CN)one stitch cable needle back knit one knit one cable needleSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit one stitch, then knit one stitch from the cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
1 st CNB, k2, p1 (CN)one stitch cable needle back knit one purl one cable needleSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit two stitches, then purl one stitch from cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
1 st CNF, k1, k1 (CN)one stitch cable needle front knit one knit one cable needleSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in front, knit one stitch, then knit one stitch from the cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
1 st CNF, k2, k1 (CN)one stitch cable needle front knit two knit one cable needleSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, knit one from cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
1/1/1LCPone over one over one left purl crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at front, p1, k1, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/1/1RCPone over one over one right cross purlslip 2 stitches to cable needle at back, k1, {p1, k1] from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/1LCone over one left crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at front, k1, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/1LPCone over one left purl crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at front, p1, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/1RCone over one right crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at back, k1, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/1RPCone over one right purl crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at back, k1, p1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/2LCon over two left crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at front, k2, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1/2RCone over two right crossslip 2 stitches to cable needle at back, k1, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
1BC1 back crosssingle back cross

Slip 1 stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit 1 then purl 1 from cable needle.

Similar to BC and RT.
  
1o1-LkCOne over one left knit crossSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in front, knit one, then knit one from cable needle. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
1o1-LpCOne over one left purl crossSlip one stitch to dpn and hold in front, purl one, then knit one from dpn. (Walker, Charted Knitting Designs, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
1o1-RkCOne over one right knit crossSlip one stitch to dpn and hold in back, knit one, then knit one from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
1o1-RpCOne over one right purl crossSlip one stitch to dpn and hold in back, knit one, then purl one from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
2 Gathered stitches
2 stitches from 2
two gathered stitchesKnit two together, leave original stitches on left-hand needle, knit onto back loops of these two stitches again.

Results in no net change in the number of stitches.


 
2 sts CNB, k1, ssk (CN)two stitches cable needle back knit one slip slip knit cable needleSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in back, knit one, then ssk the two stitches from the cable needle(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNB, k2, k2 (CN)two stitches cable needle back knit two knit two cable needleSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit two stitch, then knit two stitch from the cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNF, k1, k2 (CN)one stitch cable needle front knit one knit two cable needleSlip two stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit two, knit two from cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNF, k1, k2 (CN)two stitches cable needle front knit one knit two cable needleSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit one stitch, then knit two stitches from cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNF, k2, k2 (CN)two stitches cable needle front knit two knit two cable needleSlip one stitch to cable needle and hold in front, knit two stitch, then knit two stitch from the cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNF, k2tog, k1 (CN)two stitches cable needle front knit two together knit one cable needleSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two stitches together, then knit one stitch from the cable needle(Pence, 1997)

 
2 sts CNF, p1, k2 (CN)two stitches cable needle front purl one knit two cable needleSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, purl one stitch, then knit two stitches from cable needle.(Pence, 1997)

 
2/1/2LCPtwo over one over two left cross purlslip 3 stitches to cable needle at front, k2, slip purl stitch to left-hand needle and p1, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/1/2RCPtwo over one over two right cross purlslip 3 stitches to cable needle at back, k2, slip purl stitch from cable needle to left-hand needle and p1, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/1LCtwo over one left crossslip 2 stitches to cable needle at front, k1, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/1LPCtwo over one left purl crossslip 2 stitches to cble needle at front, p1, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/1RCtwo over one right crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at back, k2, k1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/1RPCtwo over one right purl crossslip 1 stitch to cable needle at back, k2, p1 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2/2KCtwo over two over two knit crossslip 4 stitches to cable needle at front, k2, yarn forward, slip 2 purl stitches from cable needle to left-hand needle, pass cable needle to back, p2 from left-hand needle, yarn back, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2LCtwo over two left crossslip 2 stitches to cable needle at front, k2, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2LCUtwo over two left cross purledslip 2 stitches to cable needle at front, k2, p2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2LPCtwo over two left purl crossslip 2 to cable needle at front, p2, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2RCtwo over two right crossslip two stitches to cable needle at back, k2, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/2RCUtwo over two right cross purledslip 2 stitches to cable needle at back, p2, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2004)
2/2RPCtwo over two right purl crossslip 2 stitches to cable needle at back, k2, p2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/3LCtwo over three left crossslip 2 stitches to cable needle at front, k3, k2 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2/3RCtwo over three right crossslip 3 to cable needle at back, k2, k3 from cable needle(Maloney, 2006)

(Maloney, 2006)
2BCtwo back crossdouble back cross

Slip 1 stitch to cable needle and hold in back, knit 2 then purl 1 from the cable needle.
  
2FC double front cross

Slip 2 stitches to cable needle and hold in front, purl 1, then knit 2 from cable needle.
  
2o1-LkPTwo over one left knit crossSlip two stitch to dpn and hold in front, knit one, then knit two from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
2o1-LpCTwo over one left purl crossSlip two stitch to dpn and hold in front, purl one, then knit two from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
2o1-RkCTwo over one right knit crossSlip one stitch to dpn and hold in back, knit two, then knit one from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
2o1-RpCTwo over one right purl crossSlip one stitch to dpn and hold in back, knit two, then purl one from dpn. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
2o2-LkCTwo over two left knit crossSlip two stitches to cable needle and hold in front, knit two, then knit two from cable needle. (Walker, 1972)(Walker, 1972)

(Laidman, 1963)

 
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