Pattern Key

Conventions

Asterisk * = Repeat the directions following the asterisk as many times as indicated.

Example: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row = Knit 1 stitch and purl 1 stitch, repeat this sequence to the end of the row.

Parentheses ( ) = Commonly used in multiple ways within knitting patterns. The main ones follow:

  • To present multiple sizing options and/or instructions. If a pattern offers multiple sizes, numbers in the pattern will be given first for the smallest size with numbers for larger sizes following in parentheses.
Example: If a pattern offers sizes Small (Medium, Large) and tells you to cast on 6 (8, 10) stitches that means you will cast on 6 stitches for size Small, 8 stitches for size Medium, or 10 stitches for size Large.

  • Additional row information. Often you will see (RS) or (WS) next to a row number to indicate which side you are working on.
Round 1 (RS): K10
Round 2 (WS): P10

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 4 sts for 3'' and 4 rows for 2'', that means 4 stitches should measure  3'' and that 4 rows should measure 2''. If you have 5 stitches in 3'' that means you are knitting a little bit too tight, or if you have 2 stitches in 3'' - that would be a little too loose.

Knitting Abbreviations

C1 = Color 1 (C1 = Color 2, etc)

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.

ch = chain stitch in crocheting

K = Knit

K1 = Knit 1 stitch

K1B = Knit 1 below (used in Fisherman Rib Stitch)

K2tog = Knit 2 stitches together

KFB = Increase by knitting through front and back of stitch

M1 = Increase by making 1 stitch

MC = Main Color

ML = Make Loop stitch

P = Purl

P1 = Purl 1 stitch

P1B = Purl 1 Below (used in Fisherman Rib Stitch)

P2tog = Purl 2 stitches together

psso = Pass slipped stitch over

pm = Place marker

Rep = Repeat

Rnd = Round

RS = Right side of work (outside of garment)

SL = Slip stitch

ssk = slip, slip, knit

Sts = stitches

St st = stockinette stitch

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 needles.

WS = Wrong side of work (inside of garment)