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What do the abbreviations in my pattern mean?

  • CO = Cast-On. If you’re not sure which one to use, we generally recommend the long-tail cast on. Here's a video!
  • BO = Bind-Off. This basic bind-off will be suitable for the vast majority of your knitting needs.
  • k = Knit. Make a knit stitch. Here's a video!
  • p = Purl. Make a purl stitch. Here's a video!
  • = marker
  • pm = place marker
  • sm = slip marker
  • m1R = Make 1 Right. Increase 1 right-leaning stitch. Click here for a video and scroll halfway down the page.
  • m1L = Make 1 Left. Increase 1 left-leaning stitch. Click here for a video and scroll halfway down the page.
  • ssk = Slip Slip Knit. Decrease 1 left-leaning stitch. Click here for a video.
  • k2tog = Knit 2 Together. Decrease 1 right-leaning stitch. Click here for a video.
  • RS = Right Side. This is the side of the fabric that you intend to face outward for all to see when you wear the garment.
  • WS = Wrong Side. This is the side of the fabric that you intend to face inward against your body when you wear the garment.

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