Resources for learning such as a list of commonly used knitting abbreviations & pattern basics.

Slip Stitch

Before starting the slip knot, decide which method of casting on you want to try. If you choose the long-tail cast-on method, leave approximately an inch for every stitch that you’re about to place on the needle. For the knitted cast-on, leave eight to ten inches between the end of the yarn and the slip knot.

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Knitted Cast-On

Make a slip knot on the left needle. Insert the right needle knitwise into the stitch on the left needle. Wrap the yarn around the right needle as if to knit…

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Long Tail Cast-On

Make a slip knot on the right needle, leaving a long tail. Wind the tail end around your left thumb, from the front to the back. Wrap the yarn from the ball over your left index finger and secure the ends in your palm…

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Cable Cast-On

Cast on two stitches using the knitted cast-on method. Insert the right needle between the two stitches on the left needle…

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Knit Stitch

Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the other needle in your right. Wrap the yarn around your fingers…

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Purl Stitch

Hold the working needle in your right hand and the needle with the stitches in your left. The yarn is held and worked with your right hand and is kept to the front of the work…

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Bind Off

Knit two stitches. Insert the left needle into the first stitch on the right needle…

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Three Needle Bind Off

With the right side of the two pieces facing each other, and the needles parallel, insert a third needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit.

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Master Abbreviations

Alt – alternate

Beg – begin/beginning

Bet – between

BO – bind off

Cn – cable needles

CO – cast on

Cont – continue

DD – double decrease – slip 2 as if to knit, K next stitch, PSSO the K stitch

Dec – decrease

Dpn – double pointed needles

Fl – front loops

Inc – increase

K – knit

K2tog – knit 2 stitches together

Kwise – knitwise

Lp(s) –

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