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Understanding Knitting Symbols

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Stitch charts in knit and crochet patterns are being used more and more as an addition to or in place of words to describe a pattern stitch. Following are the standardized knit symbols that have been adopted by members of the Craft Yarn Council and are considered to be the clearest and easiest to render and to read. For the most part each symbol represents a stitch as it looks on the right side of the work. Alwaysrefer to the pattern key for additional symbol definitions.

Symbols courtesy of the Craft Yarn Council.

Symbol

Stitch

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K on RS, p on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

P on RS, k on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Yarn over

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K2tog on RS, p2tog on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

P2tog on RS, k2tog on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

SSK on RS, SSP on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

SSP on RS, SSK on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K1fb on RS, p1fb on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Make 1 (M1) knitwise on RS, make 1 (M1) purlwise on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Make 1 (M1) purlwise on RS, make 1 (M1) knitwise on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Right-slanting make 1

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Left-slanting make 1

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Right-slanting lifted inc

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Left-slanting lifted inc

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Sl 1 purlwise wyb on RS, sl 1 purlwise wyf on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Sl 1 purlwise wyf on RS, sl 1 purlwise wyb on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K3tog on RS, p3tog on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

P3tog on RS, k3tog on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

SK2P on RS, SSSK on RS, SSSP on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

SSSP on RS, SSSK on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

S2KP2 on RS, SSPP2 on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K1 tbl on RS, p1 tbl on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

P1 tbl on RS, k1 tbl on WS

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Bobble

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Sts do not exist in these areas of chart

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Inc 1-to-3

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Inc 1-to-4

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Inc 1-to-5

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Dec 4-to-1 (right slanting)

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Dec 4-to-1 (left slanting)

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Dec 4-to-1 (centered)

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Dec 5-to-1

Understanding Knitting Symbols

K1, wrapping yarn twice around needle

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Cast off

Understanding Knitting Symbols

St rem on right needle after last BO st

Understanding Knitting Symbols

Cast on

Cable Symbols Version 1

Symbol

Stitch

Understanding Knitting Symbols

1/1 RC (RT) - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in back, k1, k1 from cn OR k2tog but do not drop sts from left needle, k1, drop both sts from left needle

Understanding Knitting Symbols

1/1 LC (LT) - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in front, k1, k1 from cn OR with right needle behind left needle, knit 2nd st tbl, knit firrst st, drop both sts from left needle

Understanding Knitting Symbols

1/1 RPC - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in back, k1, p1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

1/1 LPC - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in front, p1, k1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1 RC - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in back, k2, k1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1 LC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, k1, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1 RPC - sl 1 st onto cn, hold in back, k2, p1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1 LPC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, p1, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/2 RC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in back, k2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/2 LC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, k2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/2 RPC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in back, k2, p2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/2 LPC - sl 2 sts onto cn, hold in front, p2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1/2 RPC - sl 2 sts onto first cn and hold in back, sl 1 st onto 2nd cn and hold in back, k2, p1 from 2nd cn, k2 from first cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2/1/2 LPC - sl 2 sts onto first cn and hold in front, sl 1 st onto 2nd cn and hold in back, k2, p1 from 2nd cn, k2 from first cn

Cable Symbols Version 2

Symbol

Stitch

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2-st RC (RT) - Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k1, k1 from cn OR k2tog but do not drop sts from left needle, k1, drop both sts from left needle

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2-st LC (LT) - Sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, k1, k1 from cn OR with right needle behind left needle, knit 2nd st tbl, knit first st, drop both sts from left needle

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2-st RPC - Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k1, p1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

2-st LPC - Sl 1 st to cn and hold to front, p1, k1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

3-st RC - Sl 1 st to cn and hold to back, k2, k1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

3-st LC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k1, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

3-st RPC - Sl 1 st to cn, hold to back, k2, p1 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

3-st LPC - Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, p1, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

4-st RC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

4-st LC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, k2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

4-st RPC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, k2, p2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

4-st LPC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, p2, k2 from cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

5-st RPC - Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to back, sl 1 st to second cn, hold to back, k2, p1 from 2nd cn, k2 from first cn

Understanding Knitting Symbols

5-st LPC - Sl 2 sts to cn, hold to front, sl 1 st to second cn, hold to back, k2, p1 from back cn, k2 from front cn

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