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Abbreviations used in both Knitting and Crochet  

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Needle and Hooks Exchanged Metric, UK and US sizes

 

AC

Alternate Color

alt

alternate

altog

altogether

approx.

approximately

B

bobble

B

Back of stitch

b

in back of stitch

BC

Back Cross

beg M

beginning marker

bet

between

BG

Body Gauge

bl

block (solid mesh)

BO

bind off

bo

bobble

bo

binding off

BPdc  

back post dc

bs
Berry Stitch

but

buttonhole

cab

cable

cc

contrasting color

CC

Contrasting Color

ch

chain

ch

chain previously made (e.g., ch-l)

cl

cluster

Cl stem
Cluster on a Stem

cont

continue

cms

centimeters

CN

Cable Needle

CO

cast on

co

casting off

col

color

Con

contrasting color

cont

continue

Cr

Cross

cross st/cr st
Cross Stitch(es)

Cr L

Cross to the Left

Cr R

Cross to the Right

dbl dec

Double Decrease

dble

double

dbl st
Double Stitch

dble tr

double treble crochet

dc

double crochet

dec

decrease 

dec hdc

decrease half double crochet

diag

diagonal

diam

diameter

dir

directions

dk

dark

DK

double knitting

DKK

double-double knitting

dpn

double-pointed needle

dtr

double treble crochet

E

every

EOR

Every Other Row

Esc
Extended Single Crochet

ext

exterior

Fan st
Fan Stitch

FC

Front Cross

fin

finished

foll

following

FPdc    

front post dc

fr

front side (facing knitter)

g

grams

G

Gauge

g-st

garter stitch

GN

Gauge Needle

gp

group

gr

grams

GS

Gauge Stitch

GS

Ground Shade

ht r

half treble

hdc

half double crochet

hk

hook

inc

increase

incl

including

incl

inclusive

in(s)

inch(es)

inst

instructions

k

knit

kbl

knit back of loop

kfb

knit front and back

Knot St
Solomon's Knot

kpk

knit, purl, knit

kssb

knit slip stitch through the back

kwise

knitwise

k2tog

knit 2 stitches together

k2tog-b

knit 2 stitches together through the back loop

k up 1

pick up and knit the stitch in the Row below

L

left

L

light

LC

Left Cross

lg

large

LH

Left Hand

lhn

left hand needle

LN

Left Needle

Long sc/Lsc
Long Single Crochet

lp(s)

loop(s)

Loop st
Loop Stitch

lt

light

      LT

      Long Treble

LT

Left Twist

l.h.

left hand needle

m1

make one

m

meters

m

mesh(es)

M

Make

M

marker

MB

Make Bobble

MC

Main (or background) color

med

medium

mm

millimeters

MI

Make One

m-st

moss stitch

mult

multiple(s)

MY

main yarn

no

number

opp

opposite

ORL

or required length

OZ

ounces

p/Picot

picot

p

purl

Pat(s)

pattern ( s )

patt

pattern

pc

popcorn

pfb

purl into front and back of next stitch

pfl

purl from back of loop

pnso

pass next stitch over

pr

pair

prec

preceding

prey

previous

PR

Previous Row or Round

PS

Pass stitch

psso

pass slipped stitch over

pwise

purlwise

p2tog

purl 2 stitches together

p2tog-b

purl 2 stitches together through the back loop

PU

Pick Up stitches

Puff st
Puff Stitch

RC

Right Cross

rem

remain(ing)

rep

repeat

Reverse hdc
Reverse Half Double Crochet

rev st st

reverse stockinette stitch

RGN

Ribbing Gauge Needle

RH

Right Hand

rhn

right hand needle

rib

ribbing

RN 

Right Needle

md(s) 

round(s)

Roll st
Roll Stitch

rpt 

repeat

RS 

Right Side

RT 

Right Twist

sc t

single croche

sel 

selvage

Sh
Shell Stitch
Shrimp st
Shrimp Stitch

sk 

skip

skn(s) 

skein(s)

skp 

slip, knit, purl

SKP

slip 1, knit 1, passslip stitch over

skpo

Slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over

sl

slip

Slant st

Slant Stitch

sl st
slip stitch

sl lb

Slip a stitch onto the cable needle at back of the work

sl 1f

Slip a stitch onto the cable needle at front of the work

sm

small

sp

space (open mesh)

sp

single point needle (s)

Split sc
Split Single Crochet

ssk

slip, slip, knit.

st(s)

stitch(es)

st st

stockinette stitch

tbl

through back of loop

tch

turning chain

TTC
Triple Treble Crochet and Triple Treble Cluster

tfl

through front loop

tog

together

tr

treble crochet

trn

turn

tr tr

double treble

V-st
V-Stitch

wb

wool back

WE

work even

wf

wool forward

wft

wool front

wl

wool

wl.bk

wool back

wl.fwd

wool forward

wo

wool over or weave over

won

wool over needle

wrh

wool round hook

wrn

wool round needle

WS

wrong side

wu

wool under or weave under

wyib

with the lead yarn in the back

wyif

with the lead yarn in the front

yarn

yarn around needle

yaw

yarn around wool

yb

yarn back

ybk

yarn backward

yf

yarn forward

yfd

yarn forward

yfwd

yarn forward

yfon

yarn forward and over needle

yfrn

yarn forward and round needle

yfwk

yarn front of work

yo

yarn over

yon

yarn over needle

yo2

a double yarn over

yrh

yarn round hook

yrn

yarn round needle

ytb

yarn to back

ytf

yarn to front

zip

zipper

"

inches

*

repeat all instructions between the asterisks

( )

repeat all instructions between the parentheses

( ) s

alternate measurements & alternate instruction

[ ]

alternate measurements between brackets

*

repeat stopping point

(e.g., repeat to * )

I've been ask about ply and what is what. So here is the "rule of thumb". 

Usually 2 ply is baby yarn or fingering yarn. 

3 ply would be sport yarn. 

4 ply would be the worsted.

 Last but not least, we have bulky or nubby yarn which is sometimes called 5 ply.