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Internet Abbreviations for Yarncrafters

Yarncrafters have long used abbreviations as shorthand for different stitches and techniques. Now, crafters on the internet are using abbreviations for unique crocheting and knitting terms. Here’s a quick guide to some of the most popular terms.
CAL: Crochet-along
CIP: Crocheting in public
DPN: Double-pointed needles
FO: Finished object (in other words, a completed knit or crochet project)
KAL: Knit-along
KIP: Knitting in public
LYS: Local yarn store
UFO: Unfinished project (usually set aside or difficult to find)
WIP: Work in progress

What other yarncrafting abbreviations have you seen online? Let us know in the comments!

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  • FUPpie – Finished Unfinished Project (mostly in cross stitch, the stitching is done but the mounting/framing/final assembly isn’t)
    SABLE – Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
    BAP – Big A$$ed Project

    • I love it!! Never heard that one before – SABLE. Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy. Well ……. I always thought that whoever has the most stash when they die wins, right?

      • That’s me, Still working on a crochet project I started 6 yrs ago. Finally down to the connecting part. PHEW! Then I will probably give it to someone as a gift.
        Happy crocheting everyone!

  • PIGS – Project In Grocery Sack
    Frogging – undoing stitches, because you “rip it, rip it, rip it”

    • I’ve frogged plenty but never got the rip it, rip it, rip it. Aahh! Thanks!

    • I like the PIGS. I have so many WIP that they outnumber my “real bags”, so I use plastic grocery sacks sometimes too. Funny!

  • SEX = Stash Enhancement eXercise

    • Oooooooh! I strongly believe in SEX. I engage in it at my LYS and on-line. Can’t ever get enough!!!!! 🙂

  • TIP

    • Question… where did you learn to tat? Want to learn, but books aren’t helping me. Please contact me if you can…

      • Go to YouTube & search for Tatting Tutorial. There’s about 90 results.

  • TIP

  • KIP also means Knitting in Progress. And believe me, I’ve got a lot of KIPs here!

  • SMPSLT…………So Many Projects, So Little Time……….haha

  • TINK – knit backwards (pick out the knitting one stitch at a time as opposed to Frogging it ..)

    • I can tink almost as well as I knit! lol. didn’t know there was such a term though! lol!

    • Well, that’s one way, but I can and do knit actually backwards. As in for doing short rows or entrelac. I’d rather TINK than keep turning my work .

  • SABLE – Stash Available Beyond Life Expectancy.

  • WHTTP what happend to the pattern ;(p

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