glossary

Approx approximately
Beg begin, beginning
BO bind off
CC contrasting color
Circ circular. For instruction on circular knitting with two needles, see www.knittinghelp.com
CO cast on
Cont continue
Dec(s) decrease(s)
Dpn(s) double pointed needle(s)
Est established
Foll follow, following
G or garter st knit all stitches on front and back of work
Inc(s) increase(s)
K knit
K2tog (decrease) knit two stitches together
K3tog (decrease) knit 3 stitches together.
Kf&b (increase) knit through the front and back of the next stitch
KLL (increase, knit left loop) insert left needle into left loop of stitch two rows below last completed stitch. Knit this stitch through the back loop.
KRL (increase) knit right loop.  Insert right needle into right loop of stitch just below next stitch, place it onto left needle and knit it, then knit the stitch on needle.
Ktbl knit through the back loop
Kwise knitwise.  To insert your needle into a stitch as if to knit.
M marker
M1 (increase) make one. Pick up the horizontal thread between two stitches and knit into the back of it, thus making a new stitch.
MC main color
MD (mitered decrease) Slip 2 sts tog as if to k2tog, k1, pass the 2 slipped sts over.
P purl
P2tog purl two together
Pf&b purl through the front and back of the next stitch
PM place marker
Psso pass the slipped stitch over
Ptbl purl through the back loop
PU pick up stitches
Pwise purlwise. To insert your needle into a stitch as if to purl.
Rem remain, remaining
Rep repeat
Rev st st reverse stockinette stitch (purl on the right side of the work, and knit on the wrong side of the work)
Rnd(s) round(s)
RS right side
Short row see w&t
Sl slip
Sl M slip marker
Sl2, k1, p2sso (decrease) slip two stitches purlwise, knit one, pass both slipped stitches over the knit stitch
Ssk (decrease) slip, slip, knit.  Slip two stitches separately as if to knit, then place the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together.
Sssk (decrease) as you would for ssk, but slip and work together 3 stitches.
St(s) stitch(es)
St st Stockinette stitch (knit on the right side of the work and purl on the wrong side of the work)
Tbl through the back loop
Tog together
WIP work in progress
WS wrong side
W&T wrap and turn (for short row shaping). To prevent holes in the piece and create a smooth transition, wrap a stitch as follows on a knit side:

  1. With yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise.
  2. Move the yarn between the needles to the front of work.
  3. Slip the same stitch back to the left needle. Turn work and bring yarn to the purl side between needles. Now one stitch has been wrapped.
  4. When you have completed all the short rows, you must hide the wraps. To do so, work to just before the wrapped stitch. Insert the right needle under the wrap and knitwise into the stitch. Knit the stitches together.
Wyib with yarn in back
Wyif with yarn in front
Yo yarn over

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