Glossary of Knitting Terms

beg begin, beginning

BO bind off

CC contrasting color

CO cast on

cn cable needle

cont continue

dec decrease

dpn double pointed needles

inc increase (usually by knitting into the front and back of a stitch)

k or K knit

k1,s1,psso knit one, slip one (as if to knit), pass slipped stitch over

k2tog knit 2 together (a right-slanting decrease)

k2tog tbl knit 2 together through back loop (a left-leaning decrease)

MC main color

M1 make one (increase by picking up horizontal bar between sts with right needle, placing bar on left needle and then knitting into the back of this stitch)

p or P purl

p2tog purl 2 together

pat pattern

pm place marker

psso pass slip stitch over

rem remaining

rep repeat

RS right side

rnd round

SSK slip 1,slip 1,knit two together

sl slip

sl 1, k1, psso slip 1,knit 1,pass slipped st over

st(s) stitch(es)

St st stockinette stitch
(knit one row, purl one row, or knit all rows when knitting in the round)

tbl through back loop(s)

tog together

WS wrong side

yo yarn over

* repeat instructions following or between asterisk as indicated

[ ] repeat instructions inside brackets as indicated