The knitting & crochet world has its own 'language' and includes many short form abbreviations. Although, each pattern includes a section of abbreviations used in the pattern, a complete list of all knitting & crocheting abbreviations is shown in the list below.

Knitting and Crochet Abbreviations

 Abbreviation  Description
 [ ]  work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
 *  repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed
 * *  repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
 approx,  approximately
 beg  begin/beginning
 ch  chain
 CO  cast on or cast off
 dc  double crochet
 dec  decrease
 inc  increase
 k  knit
 k1, sl, psso  knit 1, slip 1, pass slipped stitch over
 k2tog  knit 2 together
 p  purl
 p2tog  purl 2 together
 psso  pass slipped stitch over
 RS  right side
 rnd  round
 sc  single crochet
 sl  slip
 st(s)  stitch(s)
 st st  stocking stitch
 WS  wrong side
 yo  yarn over
 yon  yarn over needle

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