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This page lists the abbreviations that are commonly used in our patterns. Click any entry -- in addition to an explanation of the term, many have detailed pictures!

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Français: Dictionnaire des Abréviations
Español: Diccionario de Abreviaturas

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approx = approximately
beg = begin(s)(ning)
bet = between
BO = bind off
bpdc = Back Post double crochet
btwn = between
care washing cleaning
CC = contrasting color
ch(s) = chain(s)
ch-space = space previously made
cn = cable needle
CO = cast on
cont = continu(e)(s)(ing)
dbl = double
dc = double crochet
dec = decreas(e)(s)(ing)
dpn(s) = double pointed needle(s)
dtr = double treble (triple) crochet
est = establish(ed)
ext = extension
foll = follow(s)(ing)
fpdc = front post double crochet
fpsc = front post single crochet
fptr = front post triple crochet
hdc = half double crochet
inc = increas(e)(s)(ing)
k = knit
k1b = knit 1 in the row below
k1b = knit through the back loop
k2tog = knit 2 together
k2togb = Knit 2 stitches together through back loop
k3tog = knit 3 together
k3togb = Knit 3 stitches together through back loop
Kfb = knit in front and back of st
lp st = loop stitch
lp(s) = loop(s)
M1 = make 1
M2 = make two
MC = main color
meas = measure(s)
ndl(s) = needle(s)
opp = opposite
p = purl
p1b = purl through the back loop
p2sso = pass 2 slipped sts over
p2tog = purl 2 together
p2togb = purl 2 together in back
p3tog = purl 3 together
pat = pattern
Pm = place marker
psso = pass slipped stitch over
PU = pick up
rem = remain(s)(ing)
rep = repeat(s)(ing)
rev = revers(e)(ing)
Rev St st = reverse stockinette stitch
rf = right front
RH = right hand
rnd(s) = round(s)
RS = right side
rsc = reverse single crochet
S2KP or S2KP2 = slip 2 stitches together, knit 1, pass two slip stitches over
sc = single crochet
sc2tog = single crochet 2 together
sc3tog = single crochet 3 together
sk = skip
sk2p = Slip 1, k2tog, pass sl st over
skp = slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over
sl = slip
sl st = slip stitch
slip1-k1-psso = slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over
sm = slip marker
sp(s) = space(s)
sq(s) = square(s)
ssk = slip, slip, knit
St st = Stockinette stitch
st(s) = stitch(es)
t-ch = turning chain
tbl = through the back loop
tog = together
tr = treble (triple) crochet
work even
WS = wrong side
wyib = with yarn in back
wyif = with yarn in front
yo = yarn over
yrh = yarn over (yarn round hook)
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