The following abbreviations are used on this site
and in most books and other websites. They are divided
between the general knitting terms that both needle
knitters and loom knitters use and then ones that are
specific to the loom. When working with patterns, check
the key if you see an abbreviation that you don't
The follow abbreviations are general knitting
abbreviations that are essential to know to read a
Stands for times. So 5x
would be 5 times.
Repeat the instructions following the *
the number of times indicated.
Just like in math, the instructions in
the parentheses become one unit worked in the
place specified in the pattern. So (k2,
p2) would mean to work two knit sts and
then two purl sts in the place directed in
Similar to the parentheses, the
instructions in brackets are one unit worked
as many times as specified. So [k2, p2]
3x would mean to work two knit sts and
then two purl sts and then repeat two more
times (for a total of 3).
g or gr
in(s) or "
knitwise, as if to knit
knit two together
make one (an increase)
pass slipped stitch over
purlwise, as if to purl
sl 1, k1, psso
slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch
same as above
slip two stitches knitwise
with yarn in back
with yarn in front
YO or yo
The follow abbreviations are specific loom
knitting abbreviations that are essential to know
to read a pattern.