FAQ: How To Understand Knitting Patterns?

How do knitting patterns work?

In a knitting stitch pattern, a specific series of stitches occurs and repeats horizontally across a row. The stitch pattern also requires a specific sequence to occur and repeat vertically as well. The combination of these is what determines what your knitted fabric will look like and your stitch texture.

What do knitting abbreviations mean?

alt: Alternate – worked on every other row or stitch. beg: Begin or beginning – to start as specified or position to be worked at or from, measured from or marked. cont: Continue – carry on working. dec: Decrease or decreasing – by working 2 or more stitches together.

Should I slip the first stitch in knitting?

First and foremost, unless the instructions indicate otherwise, slipping stitches is always done purlwise. The only way to keep the correct “leg” facing forward in your knitting is to slip the stitch as if to purl, and it doesn’t matter if you are on the right side or the wrong side of your work.

What does * mean in knitting pattern?

You will find asterisks used in many different patterns, such as ribbing. That means that you will knit the first two stitches, then purl the next two stitches; then you will knit 2, then purl 2, again, and repeat the steps following the asterisk all across the row until the last two stitches which you will knit.

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How do I do a SSK in knitting?

How to Slip Slip Knit ( SSK ) More Neatly

  1. Slip 2 stitches individually as if to knit.
  2. Insert left needle tip into the fronts of these 2 slipped stitches.
  3. Knit the 2 slipped stitches together; 1 stitch decreased. To neaten this decrease on the next round or row, work this stitch through the back loop.

What does RS mean in knitting?

Right side in knitting patterns is often abbreviated as RS, while wrong side is written as WS. The right side of your knitting is the face of the fabric. This is the side that will be on the outside of a garment. The wrong side is the back side of the fabric, and will be on the inside of a garment.

What does M stand for in knitting?

Also on this page:

Abbreviation Description
lp loop
m marker
M1 or M1K make one stitch knitwise; single knit increase
M1R make one right; single right-leaning knit increase

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What does YBK in knitting mean?

ybk is an abbreviation for yarn back. When you see this instruction, you will want to bring your working yarn from the front of the work to the back, making sure that it passes under the needle tips.

What does SSM mean in knitting?

While knitting, the stitch marker sits on the needle between active stitches. To start using a closed marker, simply knit to where you want the marker, then place it on your right needle. Continue to knit as normal.

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