Explanation of Pattern Levels

Absolute Beginner -

No experience of any kind is necessary. Projects only use cast on, knit stitch, and cast off. 

  • No experience necessary
  • Watch our online video tutorials
  • Join a class at Loopy Mango in Beacon, NY
  • Learn how to cast on, knit stitch, and cast off

Beginner -

These projects require the ability to do basic knitting techniques, such as cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, increase, decrease, and cast off.

  • Cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Garter stitch
  • Stockinette stitch
  • Increase stitches
  • Decrease stitches
  • Cast off

Intermediate -

For these projects, proficiency of all beginner level techniques is needed, as well as the shaping of garments and more involved finishing techniques.

  • Cast on
  • Knit stitch
  • Purl stitch
  • Rib stitch
  • Seed stitch
  • Increase stitches
  • Decrease stitches
  • Picking up stitches
  • Knitting in the round

Pattern Abbreviations - 

These are commonly used terms in our knitting patterns.

K - Knit

P - Purl

K1 - Knit 1 stitch

P1 - Purl 1 stitch

st - stitch

K1B - Knit 1 Below (used in Fisherman Rib stitch)

P1B - Purl 1 Below (used in Fisherman Rib stitch)

K2TOG - Knit 2 stitches together (decrease)

P2TOG - Purl 2 stitches together (decrease)

Inc - Increase - the type of increase will be noted in pattern

KFB - Knit Front and Back - Increase by knitting through front and back of the stitch

M1 - Make 1 stitch (increase)

rep - repeat

rnd - round (row of stitches when knitting in the round)

SL - slip stitch

C1 - Color 1

MC - Main Color

AC - Accent Color

psso - Pass Slipped Stitch Over

yo - Yarn Over

ML - Make Loop stitch

C4B (Cable 4 Back) - Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then knit stitches from cable needle.

C4F (Cable 4 Front) - Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then knit stitches from cable needle.

T3B (Twist 3 Back) - Slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, then purl stitch from cable needle

T3F (Twist 3 Front) - Slip next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold at front of work, purl next stitch from left-hand needle then knit stitches from cable needle

 

Gauge (tension) - We always provide a gauge in our patterns. This indicates how tight or loose you should knit your piece. If our gauge says 4sts for 3'' and 4 rows for 2'', that means 4 stitches should fit in 3'' and that 4 rows should fit in 2'' measurement. If you have 5 stitches in 3'' that means you are knitting a little bit too tight, or 2 stitches in 3'' - a little too loose.