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[ ]
work instructions within brackets as many times as directed

pat(s)
or patt
pattern(s)

( )
work instructions within parentheses in the place directed

pm
place marker

* *
repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed

pop
popcorn

*
repeat instructions following the single asterisk as directed

p2tog
purl 2 stitches together

"
inch(es)

prev
previous

alt
alternate

psso
pass slipped stitch over

approx
approximately

pwise
purlwise

beg
begin/beginning

rem
remain/remaining

bet
between

rep
repeat(s)

BO
bind off

rev St st
reverse stockinette stitch

CA
color A

RH
right hand

CB
color B

rnd(s)
round(s)

CC
contrasting color

RS
right side

cm
centimeter(s)

sk
skip

cn
cable needle

skp
slip, knit, pass stitch over—one stitch decreased

CO
cast on

sk2p
slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together;
2 stitches have been decreased

cont
continue

sl
slip

dec
decrease/
decreases/
decreasing

sl1k
slip 1 knitwise

dpn
double pointed needle(s)

sl1p
slip 1 purlwise

fl
front loop(s)

sl st
slip stitch(es)

foll
follow/follows/
following

ss
slip stitch (Canadian)

g
gram

ssk
slip, slip, knit these 2 stiches together—a decrease

inc
increase/increases/
increasing

sssk
slip, slip, slip, knit 3 stitches together

k or K
knit

st(s)
stitch(es)

k2tog
knit 2 stitches together

St st
stockinette stitch/stocking stitch

kwise
knitwise

tbl
through back loop

LH
left hand

tog
together

lp(s)
loop(s)

WS
wrong side

m
meter(s)

wyib
with yarn in back

M1
make one stitch

wyif
with yarn in front

M1 p-st
make one purl stitch

yd(s)
yard(s)

MC
main color

yfwd
yarn forward

mm
millimeter(s)

yo
yarn over

oz
ounce(s)

yrn
yarn around needle

p or P
purl

yon
yarn over needle
 
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