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Knitting Terminology You Should Know

Knitting TerminologyIn the knitting world there are hundreds of different symbols and codes that are used in patterns and instructions. While some of these meanings are obvious, others are a bit more in depth. Knowing correct knitting terminology will help you be successful with your knitting projects. Here is a list of the most common knitting symbols and terms that you should know.

Knitting Terminology:

Single Points – This is a pair of needles that have a point at one of the ends. Single point needles are used for knitting back and forth. Another term for single point needles is straight needles. These are distinguished by the knob on one end of the needle that keeps the yarn from falling off the end. Single point needles are ideal for small projects such as slippers and doll clothes.

Double Points – A double point needle has points at both ends. This type of needle is typically used in circular knitting. You can often purchase double point needles in sets of four. It is common to use all four during a craft project that calls for double point needles.

BO – Bind Off
Bet – between
Beg – beginning
CC – contrasting color
Cdd – centered double decrease
Ch – using a crochet hook, make a chain with a slip knot
CO – cast on
Dc – double crochet
DK – double knitting weight yarn
Hdc – half double crochet
1BC – single back cross
2BC – double back cross
2FC – double front cross
BPdc – back post double crochet
BC – back cross
BDKC – back double knit cross
BKC – back knit cross
BLI – back lifted increase
BPC – back purl cross
BT – back twist
BTT – back twist two
C12B – cable 12 back
Dtr – double tremble
DW – drop wrap
Lp – loops
M1 – make 1 stitch
Ptbl – purl through back loop
Pwise – purlwise
Rnd – round
Sk – skip
Sl1p – slip one purlwise
St st – stockinette stitch

Knowing the correct knitting terminology is important so that you will understand what other knitters are talking about and also understand a project so it will be executed correctly. The nice part about these terms is that they are interchangeable with those used for crochet. There are approximately 200 different terms and symbols that are used in knitting, you will learn each of these are you go. If you need help, simply look at a knitting instructional book or online at many of the knitting websites. Here you will find a full list of all the terms that you should know for knitting. Knitting symbols are used to help keep the instructions for projects shorter and easier to follow for the crafter.

51 Responses to “Knitting Terminology You Should Know”

  1. jessemz says:

    Always good to have a refresher of those knitting terms. That scarf is colorful and beautiful in the photograph!

  2. Louise says:

    Helpful tips. Thanks

  3. Donna-Marie says:

    Thanks for this great post. It’s very handy to have a list of knitting terminology in one place.

    I haven’t knitted for many years but have recently started to learn again. I’ve forgotten everything I learnt in my childhood!

  4. Maria says:

    Donna-Marie I agree that it is handy having those terms in one place and good luck with your renewed interest in knitting. It will be like riding a bike and all come back to you. Good luck. Isn’t it great to go on websites and refresh your memory like this!

  5. Ashanti Pait says:

    i found this article so helpful. Have printed it off to refer back to for those knitting terms. Thank you! 🙂

  6. free ipad 2 says:

    Do you remember way back, when all the rage for knitting teens was to knit one of those simple bat wing jumpers in garter stitch. I had a beautiful cream one but it shrunk it in the wash. Knitting was really trendy and fashionable back then.

  7. My friend told me about this so i had to look into it. Thanks 2 for the quick summary about knitting terminology ~ very informative.

  8. Jordan Pomar says:

    I’m truly enjoying your site on the hobbies I enjoy so much, especially knitting. Outstanding work!

  9. Hi there!

    I’d simply like to say what a wonderful resourceful website you have and I especially enjoyed the article about common knitting terms.

    Well done!

  10. Anita G says:

    Thanks for very useful information here about terminology used in knitting.

  11. You’ve shown your expertise on the topic of knitting. I enjoyed reading this post thanks.

  12. Virginia says:

    I can’t knit for as long as I used to. Hands get stiff. Some good days some bad days. I just knit when I can, I love knitting for the grandchildren.

  13. Tina Rose says:

    There are some knitting terms that are different in certain countries, just in case you might not be aware!

  14. You have clearly expressed what you know about knitting terminology that will help people in their experiences with knitting. 🙂

  15. Shona says:

    🙂 It is really obvious you’re really passionate about knitting 🙂

  16. Excellent blog! Thanks for the helpful knitting terminology tip you’ve shared. 🙂

  17. Believe me when I say what a great write up you did about knitting terminology.

  18. Freya says:

    You’re absolutely right you know there are so many more terms in knitting than for crochet!

  19. harriot says:

    brilliant having the knitting terms all in one handy place, thanks for bring so thoughtful

  20. toni says:

    thanks for sharing your knowledge of common and useful knitting terms, most helpful!

  21. Tatiana says:

    Thanking you for this article about knitting. Love the knitting chest you have in the picture. I’m afraid mine isn’t that neat and tidy.

  22. Nina Taylor says:

    Hi there, what can I say other than keep writing such outstanding posts about my favorite topic – crafts. Cheers!

  23. Julia M says:

    Thanks for the information provided about knitting! I’m just a beginner and only know knit and purl (sticking stitch). Cool, all the same. I wished I’d learnt years ago.

  24. Tatiana says:

    Gee, you said the terms listed where the most common yet I have not tried many of them.

    My favorite one is cable because it looks so effective and difficult yet is so easy.

  25. This is a smash hit as understanding knitting terminology is fundamental to being able to create any knitting project. Really great job on this article.

  26. Tatiana says:

    Thank you for writing about knitting terminology.

    Have an excellent day!

  27. Verna says:

    It is really a nice and helpful article you write about terms used in knitting patterns. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Marie-Lou says:

    There are so many terms you have listed yet I have only ever used about 6 of these. I need to be more adventurous with my knitting projects.

  29. Chloe says:

    Aw, wish I’d had this type of list when I first began knitting some years ago.

  30. Fiona Brunton says:

    Awesome writing you’ve done here about knitting terminology. Maybe consider some video showing how do some of the more difficult stitches to follow along with. I know I’d find that useful…

  31. Petra says:

    Hi there,

    Useful info posted here about knitting terminology. Always remember when beginning any knitted garment to check the tension square~ very important!

  32. Belinda says:

    Good points you’ve written about knitting terminology. I’ve haven’t heard of binding off before. You live and learn eh! Cheers

  33. Valuable knowledge about knitting teminology for the beginner as you have outlined. Without it you’d be lost I’d say.

  34. My favourite sweater that my grandma knittied for me was a red one with a monkey on the front. I haven’t successfully found a pattern the same. I’d love to knit a similar one for my child. It’s really hard locating similar pattern.

  35. Pamela B says:

    Your article is useful for the kntting novice.

  36. Personally, I don’t leave the store untill I fully understand every term in my pattern. Good ppoint though in your post.

  37. You mention “bind off” I assume that’s the same as “cast off”. I’ve never heard the term “bind off” before.

  38. Rochelle says:

    Useful article for beginner knitter such as me. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  39. Donna B says:

    Hello there! It maybe of interest to note that some countries use slightly different terminology too.

  40. Bettina says:

    Good – I should certainly say I have been knitting for many years and I have not heard of many of the terms you listed. Nice! 🙂

  41. Julia T says:

    Thumbs up;) Who would have know there were so many knitting terms to learn. I’m obviously not a knitter!

  42. Paulita V says:

    Way cool! Common knitting symbols are a must if you’re to follow a pattern with any accuracy.

  43. Wendy J says:

    Very enlightening. I appreciate you spending some time and energy to putting this article together. I once again find myself spending way too much time both reading and posting comments. But so what, it was still worth it! Interesting about interchangeable terms between knitting and crocheting.

  44. D Giroux says:

    Definitely understanding knitting terminlogy is vital to producing great finished product. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Tracy L says:

    I loved reading through this article because it can make people think. Without an understanding of the knitting symbols one would not be able tofollow the pattern.

  46. Maddie Swan says:

    Without the correct terminology your dish cloth might become a babies blanket LOL 🙂

  47. Lani S says:

    Hey there , I just wanted to say it did make learning crocheting easier after coming to grips with knitting with the terms being interchangeable as you mentioned

  48. Tracy Boddington says:

    Good points about knitting. Instructional books are useful as long as they are detailed enough. My personal preference would be by personal instruction or video.

  49. Mary Sue says:

    I’ve have been an avid knitter for donkeys years. There were still a few knitting terms I hadn’t heard of. Thanks for posting interesting info.

  50. Nathalie says:

    Knitting terms is a topic often overlooked yet so vital. Well done! 🙂

  51. Over 200 different knitting terms is a lot of terms in anyone’s book. Thanks for sharing interesting info 🙂


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